September 11, 2017 Donald Scarinci

The Whitney Museum could not have foreseen how relevant its latest exhibit would be. An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017 opened August 18, 2017. As the museum highlights on its website, “Since its founding in the early twentieth century, the Whitney has served as a forum for the most urgent art and ideas of the day, at times attracting protest itself.” Most recently, a white artist’s abstract painting of lynching victim Emmett Till sparked protests for being “an injustice to the black community.” In 1970, the Ad Hoc Women Artists’ Committee protested the museum every Sunday for four…

June 5, 2017 Donald Scarinci

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial is open until June 11 and it includes a rich display of fine art photography. The 2017 celebration of contemporary art uses the theme of the “formation of the self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society.” The curators collected a sampling of the work produced over the last two years by contemporary artists that provide a snapshot into the current state of American fine art. Overall, the exhibits show a world in shock.  It is as if everyone was asleep to the pain and suffering of the general population of America…

February 13, 2017 Donald Scarinci

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is currently displaying the photography of Joseph Albers. While not necessarily known for his photography, Albers is widely considered a leading figure in 20th-century art. One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers runs through April, 2017. Albers, who taught at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale University, is most well-known for his paintings, drawings, prints, and furniture designs. His most famous work is arguably his iconic series of paintings known as Homages to the Square. The public only learned about Albers’ equally impressive photography skills after he died in…

December 12, 2016 Donald Scarinci

What started in 1970 as a relatively simple art show to bring people to Miami in December is no an international art extravaganza featuring a lot of art photography. Art Basel has become one of the premier platforms for promoting fine art photography. It now stages three premier international art shows, located in Basel, Miami, and Hong Kong. Art Basel in Miami Beach now attracts 70,000 visitors. Each Art Basel art fair borrows from the vibe of its host city. Not surprisingly, Miami is known for its celebrity guests, outdoor displays, and boundary-pushing installations. This year, 269 of the world’s…

October 17, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Human Interest Exhibit at the Whitney Museum By Donald Scarinci Portraits take center stage at the Whitney Museum’s ongoing exhibit. Curated from the museum’s existing holdings, Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection tracks the evolution of the art form from early 19th century works to the modern selfie. Encompassing two floors of the newly renovated museum, the exhibit includes works produced by nearly 200 different artists, such as Alexander Calder, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol. The Whitney’s Scott Rothkopf and Dana Miller curated the more than 250 pieces, which…

June 20, 2016 Donald Scarinci

While New York City’s bustling art scene used to take a summer vacation, most galleries are now open throughout the season. But with so many museums and galleries, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth checking out. When visiting New York’s photography galleries, below are some of the top choices, which feature a healthy mix of established and up-and-coming artists: Robert Mann Gallery: The Robert Mann Gallery is one of the most renowned photography galleries in the world, featuring current photographers alongside twentieth century masters. From July 7-August 19, the gallery will celebrate summer with an exhibition…

March 14, 2016 Donald Scarinci

The Guggenheim Museum is presenting a new exhibit “Photo-Poetics: An Anthology” that features artists and art that reflects an emerging new trend in art photography. Art evolves with technology, and artists assimilate and reflect a changing world through their art.  Cell phones cameras and social media have transformed the way people disseminate information. The exhibit, entitled “Photo-Poetics: An Anthology,” contains more than 70 works of contemporary photography. As described by Curator Jennifer Blessing, the term “photo poetics” refers to “an art that self-consciously investigates the laws of photography and the nature of photographic representation, reproduction, and the photographic object.” In the…

December 14, 2015 Donald Scarinci

The Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack, New Jersey might seem like an unlikely location for an exhibition of contemporary photography, but the Riverside Gallery is hosting “Adventures in Photography (AIP),” a first rate exhibition featuring the work of local photographers. Two of my photographs are featured in the juried gallery show. “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” features a goose curiously gazing at its own reflection, while “Lunar Landscape” captures the moon against a dark ocean backdrop. The Adventures in Photography Photo Salon Exhibitions Committee selected the photos based on scoring from three independent judges. The judging criteria included excellence in…

April 6, 2015 Donald Scarinci

The Whitney Museum of American Art reopens its door next week, unveiling its new home and a new collection. The inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard to See, some classic photographic images from its permanent collection. Over 650 works by some 400 artists chronicle the evolution of American art from 1900 to the present. The Whitney Museum is located at 99 Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, not far from its original home in Greenwich Village. It features 200,000-square-feet of space, including 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space. Located between the Hudson River…

November 10, 2014 Donald Scarinci

Paul Graham’s “Does Yellow Run Forever?” recently debuted at the Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York City. Photo taken from the Pace/MacGillWebsite Graham is a renowned British photographer whose use of color in the late 1970s and early 1980s is credited with revolutionizing the genre. His first acclaimed series captured life along England’s primary arterial road and is entitled A1: The Great North Road. His went on to create twelve distinct bodies of work, which have been the subject of more than 80 solo exhibitions worldwide. His latest exhibit, Does Yellow Run Forever?, featured nearly 20 large-scale…