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Gilles Berquet: I’ll Be Your Mirror

Exhibition Announcement: Paris

PRESS RELEASE:

Gilles Berquest: I’ll be your mirror

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43 rue de Montmorency – 45003 Paris, France

Du 2 au 30 Novembre 2019

vernissage le samedi 2 a partir de 16hr

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Mikala Mikrut: Romance With Horror

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Text by Mikala Mikrut, Copyright 2019

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Photography by Sabrina Galaviz and Alexandria Romain, Copyright 2019

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ROMANCE WITH HORROR

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  I, among many others, absolutely love horror movies. In fact, that is my genre of choice. I once screamed in a theater and had a 7 year old girl in front of me, no parents insight, turn around and give the most judgemental look. No shame. Many people I know claim to like it because they “like being scared,” but then when I jump out from behind a partially closed door on their way to the bathroom, I’m met with profanity rather than laughter of delight. So what is it really that draws us to watch gore and jump scares while also never venturing further from modern suburbia?

    Perhaps the answer is more obvious than we think. Søren Birkvad, film scholar of Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, says it’s simply an activity to avoid boredom. There is a trait called “sensation seeking” in which people with personalities that get bored easily score high on. Those are the types of people that typically like horror films. So if you find yourself easily bored and happen to enjoy scary movies, there you go. You can now add sensation seeker to your resume, with caution of course. The term could take an interesting turn.

    Another possible explanation can be found in the elements that make up the films themselves. Dr. Glenn Walters has defined the ingredients as: tension, relevance, and unrealism. I think this is the case for most exciting life situations. Horror films need tension to build, relevance to captivate an audience, and unrealism so said audience can fall asleep without salt lines or cuddling up next to their bedside handgun. In parallel, romance needs tension for heat, relevance for conversation, and unrealism to keep you wanting more. The same could be said for many more experiences, but I think for intensity purposes those three things make up only the best of situations.

    The most common answer found as to why we crave scary movies is to satisfy the “beast within.” It’s easy to say that we all have some measure of sicko. Maybe you like watching peoples’ heads getting bashed in, or the jump scare is what reminds you what it feels like to truly be alive, or maybe you don’t button and iron the back pockets on your khaki shorts. No matter how disgusting you are, horror films will always be there to comfort and remind you that there are freaks worse off than you. That’s all we long to know, right? That we aren’t the ones at rock bottom.

    I like scary movies. To others they may seem cliché or niche, but to me they are a reminder of how truly pleasant my life is. I have the privilege to not go about my day wondering if I’ll stay alive despite of a masked man or being held captive in a foreign country without the comfort of my family. The truth is that our world already has the scariest realities. Those happy endings in flicks aren’t conclusions. They are reminders that if we take action against our monsters from personal health to daunting tasks of speaking up and acting for those who are living their nightmares, then there is still hope. 

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Mikala Mikrut 2019

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About The Author: Mikala Mikrut is a junior enrolled at Southern Utah University. To access additional articles by Mikala Mikrut, click here: http://tonyward.com/mikala-mikrut-minimalism-a-modern-luxury/

 

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Upcoming Events: Auction to Benefit The Photo Review

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The Photo Review Benefit Auction 2018

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE PHOTO REVIEW

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Vintage and Contemporary Work by an International Who’s Who of Photography Up for Bid

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LANGHORNE, PA–The Photo Review, a critical journal of photography founded in 1976, will celebrate its 42nd anniversary with a spectacular Annual Benefit Auction on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the University of the Arts, Caplan Studio Theater, 16th floor of Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street in Philadelphia. The auction will offer the most significant array of photographs from the 19th century to the present that The Photo Review has ever presented.

The event will feature an international slate of photographers as well as a host of Philadelphia artists. Beginning and experienced collectors alike will have the opportunity to bid on work by such historic masters as Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Eugène Atget, Édouard Baldus, George Barnard, Jesse Tarbox Beals, Éduoard Boubat, Mathew Brady, Brassaï, Harry Callahan, Julia Margaret Cameron, Asahel Curtis, Edward S. Curtis, Dr. Harold Edgerton, Godfrey Frankel, John Beasley Greene, Philippe Halsman, Dave Heath, Fritz Henle, Lewis Hine, George Hurrell, Arthur Kales, André Kertész, Willy Kessels, Leonard Misonne, William Mortensen, Carlo Naya, Charles Nègre, Dorothy Norman, Ruth Orkin, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, A. J. Russell, Ben Shahn, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Josef Sudek, Wilhelm von Gloeden, Eva Watson-Schütze, and Cole Weston.

Among the contemporary photo stars whose work will go on the block are Mario Algaze, Mariette Pathy Allen, Renate Aller, Roger Ballen, Tom Baril, Dan Burkholder, Keith Carter, Carl Corey, Mitch Dobrowner, Jay Dusard, Jill Enfield, Larry Fink, Lois Greenfield, Pamela Ellis Hawkes, Robert Hirsch, Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Henry Horenstein, Max Kellenberger, Michael Kenna, Kay Kenny, Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, George Krause, David Lebe, Barbara Leven, Alex MacLean, Duane Michals, Jeffrey Milstein, Bill Owens, Mark Perrott, Ernestine Ruben, Jerry Spagnoli, Harvey Stein, Krista Steinke, Catherine Steinmann, Maggie Taylor, Charles H. Traub, Richard Tuschman, Hiroshi Watanabe, Sandra Chen Weinstein, David Wells, and Joel-Peter Witkin.

Featured local luminaries include James B. Abbott, Susan Abrams, Laurence Bach, Andrea Baldeck, Andrew Bale, John Benigno, Rita Bernstein, Howard Brunner, Diane Burko, John Carlano, Jack Carnell, Paul Cava, Jano Cohen, Robert Cornelius, Gerald Cyrus, Sandra C. Davis, Susan Fenton, Harvey Finkle, David Freese, Judy Gelles, Tom Goodman, Marvin Greenbaum, David W. Haas, Judith Harold-Steinhauser, Andrew Hoff, Catherine Jansen, Joel Katz, Christopher Kennedy, Richard Kent, Jenny Lynn, Dan Marcolina, D W Mellor, Andrea Modica, Dave Moser, Eileen Neff, Wendy Paton, Thomas Porett, Amie Potsic,  Stuart Rome, Laurence Salzmann, Keith Sharp, John Singletary, Leif Skoogfors, Krista Steinke, Ron Tarver, Judith Taylor, Amanda Tinker, Sarah Van Keuren, Al Wachlin, Jr., Eric Weeks, Christine Welch, Stephen Guion Williams, and Richard Wright.

In addition, a broad range of 19th-century and vernacular photographs is up for bid. Also in the auction is a group of pictures from pioneering collector Harvey S. Shipley Miller, sold to benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Photo Review. The Museum accessioned a significant portion of Mr. Miller’s collection and The Photo Review is now offering others for the mutual benefit of the two organizations. The Museum will use its proceeds from the sale for further acquisitions. Among these photographs are superb prints by the noted pictorialist Eva Watson-Schütze (who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Thomas Eakins and later became one of the founding members of The Photo Secession), cased images from the 19th century, and 19th-century photographs by French photographers like Bisson Frères, William Odiorne, and Achille Quinet, among many others.

According to Photo Review editor Stephen Perloff, prices will range from $50 to $8,000.

A silent auction, concurrent with the live auction, will feature photography equipment and supplies, inkjet paper, museum memberships, theater tickets, books, etc.

Lodima Archival Materials has provided matting for Photo Review auction items.

The Photo Review will present Anthony Bannon, formerly director of the George Eastman Museum with The 2018 Photo Review Award for Services to the Field of Photography, at a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. on October 27, immediately preceding the auction.

A preview will be held at the University of the Arts on Friday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., just prior to the auction. Proceeds from the auction, a popular event since 1981, fund such activities as an annual juried competition for emerging photographers. Admission is free with purchase of the fully illustrated catalog, available through The Photo Review, 215-891-0214. Buyers may preview the live and silent auction online, and place bids at http://www.photoreview.org/auction.

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News: Pennsylvania Convention Center Launches New Website

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Photo: Tony Ward. Preacher. House of Prayer. Pennsylvania Convention Center. Copyright 2018

 

 

Pennsylvania Convention Center Launches New Website 
featuring its $1.5 million West Wing Art Collection
Paconventionart.com hosts information about 69 artists and their works
 
PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 16) – The Pennsylvania Convention Center announced today the launch of a new website to serve as an online platform for the public and art lovers to discover and learn about 131 pieces of fine art installed throughout public spaces within the facility’s 2011 expansion, which increased the venue’s saleable space by more than 60 percent to 1 million square feet. 

 

The Pennsylvania Convention Center invested $1.5 million in the acquisition and installation of the artworks, produced by 69 Pennsylvania artists, which are now placed throughout the facility’s West Wing Expansion. The Center hosted a formal public unveiling of the art earlier this year, as well as public tours of the art in connection with Wawa’s Welcome America’s summer festival.  The venue’s West Wing art collection features 42 paintings, 31 works on paper, 26 photographs, 10 sculptures, eight cased objects, eight textile installations, five tile mosaics, and one video artwork by Pennsylvania’s most inspiring artists. 
 
The site, www.paconventionart.com, provides a detailed map of the facility that identifies the location of each piece of art, images of the artwork itself, as well as biographical information and additional facts on each artist. The website also features video interviews with 38 artists and allows users to search works by title, artist, and location within the Convention Center.  A two-minute introductory video can be viewed on YouTube.  Previously, the collection was available only for viewing during conferences, meetings, or private events hosted at the Convention Center.
The website also contains a downloadable brochure that people attending events at the Convention Center can print or reference for self-guided tours. Website visitors can sign up for mailings and notices of future art-related activities at the Center.
 
 “This artwork was selected with the goal of utilizing our facility to showcase some of the incredible talent of Pennsylvania’s many gifted artists,” said Gregory J. Fox, Esq., Chairman of the PCCA Board of Directors. “Our facility hosts more than 1 million visitors each year who have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate this art in person, but we wanted to provide even greater access to the public.  This new website makes these works accessible to art lovers anywhere in the world while also showcasing our facility as the cornerstone of the region’s hospitality industry.”
 
The website was launched to coincide with the year-long 25th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Half of the artists featured in the collection attended the Center’s free, public Community Festival on June 30 to discuss their works with attendees.  The new art website can be reached through the Center’s website at www.paconvention.com.
 
“I am delighted that the Convention Center is making its art collection available online to a wider audience with significant detail on the artists and their individual backgrounds,” said Astrid Bowlby, whose 100 foot-long, commissioned work, “That Music Always Round Me,” is featured at the Center. “The website also provides convention and meeting attendees with a resource to learn more about specific pieces of art, as well as seek out additional works during their visit.  The site is not just an archive of the collection, it greatly enhances individuals’ experience and their ability to appreciate both the art and the artists who created these works.” 
 
The Convention Center joined with Pennsylvania arts organizations to select and curate the works in the collection.  The Center received significant administrative assistance from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) in Harrisburg under the direction, guidance, and counsel of now-retired Executive Director Philip Horn.  The new website lists the names, titles, and organizations of both the Art Purchasing Committee and the Pennsylvania art professionals who served on the Blind Jury who were all instrumental in the art selection process for the pieces in the Center’s West Wing Art Collection. 
 

“Our incredible collection of outstanding works of museum-quality art, which can be found in public spaces throughout our facility, really differentiates the Pennsylvania Convention Center from other meeting venues,” said John J. McNichol, President & CEO of PCCA. “This new website showcases Pennsylvania’s talented artists and the diverse creative culture of our region.  It also allows the Center to highlight our unique collection for prospective customers as an added benefit that their event attendees can enjoy.” 

  
About Pennsylvania Convention Center
The Pennsylvania Convention Center is celebrating its 25th year in the center of Philadelphia’s cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. The Convention Center is managed by SMG, the nation’s leader in public facility management. It is the 14th largest such facility in the nation and features the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeast. It has won numerous awards and recognition, including a designation as the Best Government/Public Building of 2011 by the Engineering News Record of New York. For more information, visit www.paconvention.com.
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Media Contacts:
Deirdre C. Hopkins, Tel. 215-680-1526. Email: dhopkins@paconvention.com
Pete Peterson, Tel.  215-893-4297, Email: ppeterson@bellevuepr.com
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About: TonyWard.com

Self-Portrait With Katie. Copyright 2018

Self-Portrait With Katie. Copyright 2018

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Tony Ward Ward began his professional career in 1980 as a corporate photographer for the pharmaceutical giant, Smithkline Corporation. After several years of working in the department of corporate communications for Smithkline, he opened the Tony Ward Studio in 1984, to service a variety of Fortune 500 companies and smaller business entities.

In 1998, TW achieved global notoriety for his first published book on erotic photography, the controversial and highly praised OBSESSIONS. The monograph was followed by four more challenging, innovative and critically acclaimed volumes on eroticism and photography at the turn of the century. Scholars that specialize in the history and aesthetics of photography such as A.D. Coleman, Rick Wester and Reinhold Misselbeck have written illuminating essays that accompanied the artist published works.

Ward’s  photographs have been widely collected, exhibited and syndicated around the world. His unending quest for inspiring subjects, and new projects compels him to divide his creative time between diverse cosmopolitan centers, including: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Paris, Hamburg/Berlin and his beloved Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Tony Ward has been teaching Photography courses at the University of Pennsylvania since the Fall of 2010, and has published the work of his students in the blog section. The daily blog features articles by Tony Ward and guest contributors who are invited to write on a variety of topics including; Art, Architecture, Photography, Fashion,  Erotica, Politics, Science, Travel and Current Events.

Tony Ward’s online Store is currently open. To access the Store, click herehttp://tonyward.com/shopping-cart/

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