The Inner Circle

 

 

Jonas Mekas, Lou Reed and Eddie Sedgwick at the first public performance of the Velvet Underground, New York Society of Clinical Psychiatry 43rd Annual Dinner, Hotel Delmonico, January 13, 1966

Jonas Mekas, Lou Reed and Eddie Sedgwick at the first public performance of the Velvet Underground, New York Society of Clinical Psychiatry 43rd Annual Dinner, Hotel Delmonico, January 13, 1966

Jonas Mekas/Robert Polidori: Portraits

February 23 – March 31, 2012

Edwynn Houk Gallery

745 Fifth Avenue

New York, New York

This show is a culmination of the master/pupil framework in which both photographers commemorate their mutual success. Mekas is traditionally famed for his films, here converted into series of stills that survey the flamboyant personalities in New York he hung out with in the 60s and 70s. Polidori, known for his “architecture and habitats,” will present portraits from locations mostly in the Middle East. Like his master’s “frozen film frames,” Polidori’s images speak to the charisma of the photographer and his ability to strip his subjects of all insecurity. The images beam, encompassing an agile grace and genuine connection to the subjects that is unmistakeable.

 

 

Jordi Socias, Almodovar, 2011

Jordi Socias, Almodovar, 2011

Jordi Socías: Maremágnum

February 23 – March 23, 2012

Instituto Cervantes New York

211 East 49th Street

New York, New York

Socias is one of the forefathers of contemporary photography in Spain. The self-taught artist founded the Agencia Popular Informativa (API), the single news source for news censored by Franco. He was an editor at Cambio 16 magazine, and eventually turned to self-publication to pair text with his images. He believed this symbiotic relationship between photographs and their captions was necessary for full engagement of the viewer. Instituto Cervantes’s installation, how extensive their loyalty to this aim is with images from 1970 to 2011, will be an illuminating investigation of the power of images.

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About Lynn Maliszewski, Contributor-at-Large

Lynn Maliszewski is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She curated and composed work for ArtWrit, BOMB Magazine, HAHA Magazine, Hyperallergic, LatinLover, Modern Painters, No.3, Whitehot Magazine, and Whitewall. She is currently the Contributor-at-Large for ON-VERGE, an arts journalism blog sponsored by CUE Art Foundation, until 2013. She hosts her own blog, Contemporaneous Extension, as a compendium of aesthetic interests, archived exhibitions and artists, and uncensored inferences. She has contributed editorially to the College Art Association, the Bushwick Film Festival, Like the Spice Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
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