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…

October 13, 2014 Donald Scarinci

What if Edward Hopper had used a camera rather than a paintbrush? A new exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art explores this exact question by pairing Hopper’s paintings from the museum’s permanent collection with the work of contemporary photographers. Edward Hopper, an American realist painter, is known for his use of light and shadow to create mood. While his paintings depict everyday American life in the 1920s through 1960s, they are anything but ordinary. Through the use of light, shapes, and angles, he conveys great beauty and deep emotion. “Nighthawks,” one of his most famous paintings, depicts customers…

July 15, 2014 Donald Scarinci

Summer Guide to Photography Galleries in Chelsea The summer is finally here and there are some excellent exhibits in New York City where you are sure to find some inspiring fine art photography. Here are a few thought-provoking photography galleries in Chelsea that are worth seeing: Andrea Meislin Gallery presents Barry Frydlender’s fourth solo exhibition – Yaffo-Tel Aviv – will be at the gallery May 8 through June 21, 2014 and will be accompanied by a color printed catalogue with Essays by Leon Wieseltier, Ileana Selejan and Sharon Rotbard. The exhibition will include eight large-scale photographs created between 1998 and…

June 16, 2014 Donald Scarinci

Roe Ethridge Over the “Deep End”   The most recent work of Roe Ethridge contains none of his photographs.  Instead it contains a collection of photographic art and other work by new photographers from Yale University in an exhibit that Ethridge curated. Curation as art was the theme of the Whitney Biennial this year.  The selection of the work of several artists and its placement within the exhibit space create an artistic effect determined by the curator.  Ethridge creates his own expression by using the work of new artists in DEEP END: Yale MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition, currently featured at…

May 19, 2014 Donald Scarinci

Charles Marville Exhibit Highlights Beauty of Photography in Its Most Basic Form   The Charles Marville exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art highlights the beauty and artistry of photography in its most basic form. Marville was commissioned by the city of Paris to capture the streets, gardens, and architecture of his rapidly transforming native city. Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris features approximately 100 of his stunning and incredibly detailed photographs. As highlighted by the New York Observer, “Marville was an incredible printer, producing true black-blacks and creamy eggshell whites and bringing seemingly infinite, informative depth to his scenes. You…

April 21, 2014 Donald Scarinci

Composition and Contrast in the Work of Carrie Mae Weems   Winding your way through the corridors featuring Italian Futurism to the second floor at the Guggenheim, a treasure of Carrie Mae Weems photographs is exhibited in a thought provoking and moving arrangement. Photographers seeking inspiration for their own work and an illustration of how composition and contrast make images with power and punch should visit the Guggenheim to see this.   So too should those seeking insight about how to display their work or their collections. The individual photographs are masterpieces of composition, staging and technique.  Even Weems photojournalism and…

March 24, 2014 Donald Scarinci 1Comment

Chuck Close’s Artistry Transcends Physical Limitations   Upon viewing Chuck Close’s work, you would never know that the renowned painter and photographer was paralyzed from the neck down in 1988, after suffering a spinal arterial collapse. From February 28 through March 29, 2014, his impressive body of work will be displayed at the Pace Gallery in New York City. Chuck Close: Nudes 1967–2014 features Polaroids, daguerreotypes, and an acrylic on canvas painting. The exhibition reflects both the preferred body types and grooming preferences covering a span of nearly five decades. The premiere piece is the 10-by-21-foot Big Nude, which has…