I’m slightly shocked, I have to say, that I more than tripled the length of tasj for the debut edition of Flash, a series dedicated exclusively to photography, and still only managed to include a small percentage of the names that shaped my original layout. That said, I think the issue does a fairly good job of providing a basic overview of photography in 2012 and I hope you come away from it with some new insights into and understanding of the medium.
In the opening pages of the issue, you will find Snapshot, a portfolio of profiles on the project-packed schedules of twelve photographers for whom 2012 holds major museum retrospectives, award ceremonies, book releases, shows at galleries and festivals around the world and more.
Photographers aren’t only getting support from the institutions, though; as the reports on the springtime sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips de Pury in At The Auctions reveal, the collector’s market for photography of the 20th and 21st century is only continuing to grow, with thirteen world auction records set across the two sales at Phillips alone.
The focus in the succeeding section, Showtime is less mercenary; here, the emphasis is on the high level and wide variety of photography that has been presented in galleries and museums this year, one such example being cover artist Juergen Teller’s exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in February. The features on Mona Kuhn, Thomas Ruff and Francesca Woodman expand on this theme, exploring in detail the bodies of work these photographers recently mounted at Flowers Galleries, Haus der Kunst, SFMOMA and the Guggenheim, respectively.
The issue is rounded out by the first installment in the new Album series, the tasj Bookshelf, a peek into Estevan Oriol’s (very full) camera bag and some words by Jonathas de Andrade on the works he contributed to The Ungovernables: The 2012 New Museum Triennial. Finally, I hope that after reading our interview with Ben Shapiro, director of Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, you will be inspired either to seek out or revisit this wonderful film - it is one of my personal favorites in the endless stream of art documentaries released in the past year and I could not recommend it more highly.
Finally, as always, thank you for supporting tasj!
- Elisa Carmichael, Editor-in-Chief
The fair is open from Monday, June 11 - Saturday, June 16, 2012. See below for location and exact hours each day.
Guest of Honor: 10 am - 12 pm (Access only with VOLTA Preview Invitation)
VIP / Press:12 pm - 2 pm (Access only with VOLTA Preview Invitation)
General Opening: 2 pm - 6 pm
Tuesday - Saturday:
10 am - 6 pm
Tor / Gate 13
Helsinki Strasse 5
CH-4142 Münchenstein / Basel
Coming out next week - tasj stopover: nyc 2012! On the cover is Theaster Gates, the 2012 commissioned artist for The Armory Show!
Learn more about him here.
(Top Piece) In Event of Race Riot X, 2011, wood, glass, hose, 34” x 27” x 9”.
(Bottom Piece) Mantle With Hose, 2011, wood, hose, glass, 33” x 40” x 9”.
tasj competition time! Visit our Facebook page, leave a comment with your favorite Ai Weiwei quote from the choices in this image (page 31 of the current issue of tasj) and you’ll be in the running to win a little Weiwei-themed prize pack! Winner will be notified on Friday.
tasj CELEBRATE: Sundance 2012
Cover artist: Ai Weiwei
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Saw the world premiere of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Alison Klayman’s documentary on the current tasj cover artist this morning!
I’ve listed the rest of the screenings below in case you’re here at Sundance, too, and want to try to catch one! We’ll be at them all to pass out copies of tasj, so maybe see you there!
(Note - All are waitlist only if you don’t already have a ticket, but if you get there early, you should be able to get in.)
5:30 pm - 1/24/2012 - MARC - Park City
6:00 pm - 1/25/2012 - Salt Lake City Library - Salt Lake City
Noon - 1/26/2012 - Temple Theatre - Park City
Noon - 1/27/2012 - Screening Room - Sundance Resort
9:00 am - 1/28/2012 - Yarrow Hotel Theatre - Park City
The latest edition of tasj PORTRAIT is out! This issue features LA-based father and son photographers, Eriberto Oriol & Estevan Oriol.
Note to tasj print subscribers: unfortunately, we have had to go local for the time being, but if you live in LA, come by Carmichael Gallery and grab a copy! The address is 5795 Washington Blvd, Culver City.
If you aren’t LA-based, keep hitting up our tumblr to keep up to date with our art world news and artist highlights til we get things going international again. Hopefully it won’t be long!
PS Thanks for the support, everyone - it means a lot, seriously. x
Pick up your copy of the tasj STOPOVER NYC 2011 supplement at The Armory Show and VOLTA NY this week! Erwin Wurm on the cover and lots of art fair, gallery, museum and other fun recommendations inside!
Our picks for what to do during Armory Arts Week:
Art Fairs to visit: The Armory Show, VOLTA NY, The ADAA Art Show, INDEPENDENT, PULSE NY, Moving Image
Galleries to check out: Lehmann Maupin, Luhring Augustine, The Pace Gallery, Bose Pacia, David Zwirner, Gladstone Gallery
Museum shows not to be missed: Lorna Simpson at the Brooklyn Museum, George Condo at The New Museum, Alexandre Arrechea at The Bronx Museum
When you need a break from the art: eat at Blossom, drink at subMercer, shop at The Strand, sleep at The Standard
PS Sorry if you haven’t received tasj vol ii - issue v yet! There’s been a delay with some of the deliveries! It’s possible you’ll get both it and the next issue (out soon) at the same time - tasj overload!!