Glittering list of artists supporting Real Venice


Glittering list of artists supporting Real Venice


Teatro La Fenice di Venezia III
by Candida Höfer, from the series Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, 2011
. C-Print, 46.8 x 62.9in, 120 x 162.1cm. Ed 3/6 +3AP.
Priced 40,000 Euro (+VAT and transportation)
. All proceeds from the sale of the art from Real Venice will go towards the work of Venice in Peril.
Lynne Cohen

Born: Racine, Wisconsin, USA, 1944
Education: University of Wisconsin, 1962-64, 1965-1967
Slade School of Art, University of London, 1964-1965
Eastern Michigan University, 1967, 1969
University of Michigan, 1968
Residence: Montreal, Canada
Lynne Cohen has lived and worked in Canada since 1973 and she now lives in Montreal.  Since the early 1970s she has been photographing living rooms, men's clubs, classrooms, spas and military installations.  Trained as a sculptor and printmaker, when Pop Art and Minimalism were dominant in the art world, she has a long-standing interest in the artificial and the everyday.  She focuses on the psychological, sociological and political aspects of her subjects. But primarily she is concerned with the way things appear and function in our lives.  As she once observed, "I feel as if the world can't be like it is. It seems full of finished works of art." The disorientation her photographs provoke is largely the result of the specific and mysterious nature of the places she photographs with their odd symmetries and disjunctions.

Cohen's works have been exhibited in numerous international institutions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); International Centre of Photography (New York), Light Work, Syracuse (New York), Manes Gallery (Prague), and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  She has won many awards, the most recent one being given by the Canadian Council in 2009 and she has published 5 books of her work; Cover (2009), Occupied Territory (1987), Lost and Found (1992), No Mans Land (2001), Camouflage (2005).

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

: Hartford, Connecticut, USA, 1951
Education: M.F.A., Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1979  
Post Graduate Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1976  
Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1975  
Residence:  New York, USA
Philip-Lorca diCorcia has received international recognition for his choreographed urban scenes, portraits, landscapes, interiors, and fashion photography. His scenes of everyday life go beyond life's banality. Seemingly spontaneous, they are staged to add drama; the result is a mixture of reality and fantasy. The use of light is also an important aspect of his photography, which adds to the otherworldly feel of his images.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1951, diCorcia studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, receiving a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in 1979. Early in his career, he obtained grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, which displayed a selection of his fashion photographs from eleven "stories" created from 1997 to 2008 for W magazine. Other recent one-person shows include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. His work is in the collections of major museums worldwide, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Nan Goldin

: Washington, D.C., 1953
Education: School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, B.F.A. 1977;
5th Year Certificate, 1978
Imageworks, Cambridge, Mass., 1974
Residence: New York, USA and Paris, France
Nan Goldin began photographing at the age of 15. In 1978 she moved to New York where she continued to document her "extended family". These photographs became the subject of her slide shows and Goldin's first book, "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency". It was groundbreaking work, as she was the first woman to use photography to present the intimate details of her personal life as a public work of art, and inspired a new generation of artists. In 1985 her work was included in the Biennial of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and gained international renown. In 1993, her seminal work "The Other Side," named after the Boston nightclub where she spent her early years, was published by Scalo. Three years later, in 1996, a major retrospective exhibition of her work, "I'll be Your Mirror," opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and toured to museums in Europe. That same year the documentary "I'll be Your Mirror" was awarded a Teddy Bear Award for Best Essay at the Berlin Film Festival.

In 2000 Goldin moved to Paris and in 2001 a second retrospective, "Le Feu Follet," was held at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. In 2006, Goldin was awarded the prestigious "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres" by the government of France in recognition for her significant contribution to the arts. In 2007, Goldin received the Hassleblad Foundation International Award in Photography, coinciding with the publication of a book, "The Beautiful Smile", and an exhibition that traveled internationally. In 2009 Goldin was the guest curator at Recontres d'Arles festival for their 40th anniversary; she invited twelve photographers to participate in the exhibition, "Ça me touché".  Goldin's most recent slide show "Scopophilia" was created especially for the Musée du Louvre and was exhibited at the end of 2010.

Antonio Girbés

: Tavernes de la Valldigna, Spain, 1952
Education: American School of Photography, Paris
Residence: Valencia, Spain
Antonio Girbés manifested a strong artistic interest from a young age, but it was only at the end of the 70´s that he decided to go to Paris to complete his professional training, at the prestigious American School of Photography, then under the direction of Jocelyn Karger, the Art Director of Condé Nast. There he came to know a number of leading artists who were to have an important influence on his work - including Reinhart Wolf, Helmut Newton, Guy Burdin, and Horst P. Horst, for whom he worked as an assistant in 1980. For Real Venice, Girbés uses architectural references from classical Venetian buildings, to create 'mandala' images - meditative symbols striving for unity of the self. This theme is a continuation from his previous project, Forbidden City, photographs of Oriental architectural details of the Forbidden City in China, composed as a 'mandala'. He is a regular contributor to the projects of Ivorypress Art+Books, and has exhibited, among other places, at the Venice Biennial of Architecture and the gallery of Phillips de Pury & Company in New York.
Pierre Gonnord

Born: Cholet, France, 1963
Residence: Madrid, Spain
Pierre Gonnord was born in France in 1963.  He is a self-taught photographer who now lives and works in Madrid. Pierre Gonnord is celebrated for his photographs of marginal individuals, including Gypsies, punks and immigrants from Eastern Europe. He observes, "I choose my contemporaries in the anonymity of the big cities because their faces, under the skin, narrate unique, remarkable stories about our era. Sometimes hostile or distant, almost always fragile behind the opacity of their masks, they represent specific social realities and another concept of beauty. I also try to approach the unclassifiable, timeless individual, to suggest things that have been repeated over and over since time began."

Gonnord has had numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions including the Maison Europeene de la Photographie (Paris 2005), Case Asia (Barcelona 2006), the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla (2006), El Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander (2007), the Centre of Photography / University of Salamanca (2008). In 2005/6 Gonnord was invited to be a resident of the Cite des Arts in Paris.  In 2012, the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Atlanta will invite Pierre Gonnord to complete a residency and a series of photographs, using local American southerners as his subjects. This residency will be followed by an exhibition.

Dionisio González

Born: Gijon, Spain1965
Residence: Seville, Spain
Dionisio González lives and works in Seville. His digital photographs create spatial, sculptural and photographic explorations of space, architecture and urban development.  Combining existing urban structures with digitally drawn architecture his landscaped images are deceiving yet convincing. His work has been exhibited in many of prestigious institutions and museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bourdeaux, France, the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (MAMBO), Bogotá, Colombia, the Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP), Sao Paulo, Brasil, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCCA), Toronto, Canada. His work has featured in various Biennales, including the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, the Bienal de le Havre, France, and the Venice Biennale. He has won numerous awards including the Pilar Juncosa Sotheby's Award from the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation.
Work by Gonzalez is in different Museums and Collections, notably MNCARS, National Museum Reina Sofia Art Center, Madrid, the Collection of ING, Amsterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the National Centre of Contemporary Art, Paris, the Margolies Collection, Miami, and the Caldic Collection, Rotterdam.

Candida Höfer

Born: Eberswalde, Germany, 1944
Education: Studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany, 1973-1982 
Film class of Ole John,1973-1976     
Photography class of Bernd Becher, 1976-1982     
Residence: Cologne, Germany

Candida Höfer lives and works in Cologne. Having completed her training at the Schmölz-Huth Studio, she became a pupil of Bernd and Hilla Becher in 1976. Alongside the other great photographers of the  Contemporary era Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte and Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer belongs to the School of Düsseldorf, a movement known for its neutral and methodical analysis of the spaces which we, as contemporary human beings, inhabit.
Höfer is largely hailed by the European vanguards of art as one the greatest architectural photographers.  In her work, she explores powerful and deserted interiors, devoid of human presence and gloriously still. Her images therefore become a sort of encyclopaedia of the spaces within which mankind has achieved greatness: libraries, cathedrals, and museums. However, humans are nowhere to be seen, their transience obvious and the immanence of their monuments striking. Höfer manages to produce these magnificent portraits of interiors without digitally enhancing or altering the images. Her technique of working solely with the existing light source allows her to capture the most intricate details in every photograph. The beauty of the spaces is captured for posterity.  Her work has been shown and recognised internationally, including at the Kunsthalle in Basel and Berne, the Louvre, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Candida Höfer has also represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and participated in Documenta 11 (2002). Many of Höfer's works are represented in major museums and private collections around the world.

Tiina Itkonen

Born: Helsinki, Finland, 1968
Education: Masters of Arts, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, 1997-2002
Turku School of Art and Communication, Turku, 1992-1995
Residence: Helsinki, Finland
Tiina Itkonen lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She studied photography at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Since 1995 she has traveled regularly to Greenland to photograph polar landscapes and people. Her panoramic images catch evocative still scene of the city from a distance, creating an impression of the unfamiliar, the unrealistic and the nostalgic.

Her work has been exhibited in The Biennale of Sydney, Daegu Photo Biennale, Korea (2010), The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2009) and Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London (2008 and 2005). Her photographs are also held in many permanent collections including Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Fundacio Foto Colectania, Barcelona and Helsinki City Art Museum.

Mimmo Jodice

Born: Naples, Italy, 1934
Education: Fotografia all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, Italy
Residence: Naples, Italy
Mimmo Jodice is an Italian photographer, born in Naples, in 1934. He was one of the first in Italy to articulate the centrality of the photographic image in contemporary culture. Since the 1970's he has been a photography teacher at the Naples Academy, and has exhibited and published internationally. He is known especially for his haunting photographs of Naples, capturing its jarring mixture of past and present, beauty and dilapidation and for documenting the Conceptual art scene in Italy. His images often explore the nature of objects not as cultural signs but as fetishes, reconstructing and reanimating a specific Neapolitan identity, marginalized and commodified by dominant Italian culture.

Tim Parchikov

Born: Moscow, Russia,1983
Education: Russian State University of Cinematography, Moscow: 2002 - 2006
Residence: Moscow, Russia and Paris, France
Tim Parchikov graduated from the Russian National Film School in 2006 and from the Faculty of Higher Studies for Directors and Screen-Writers in 2007. He lives and works in Moscow. He has exhibited in The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Schusev State Museum of Architecture and Moscow's, The State Architecture Museum.  Notable solo exhibitions include 'Suspense', Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2010), 'Plastification', Gals Gallery, Moscow (2008) 'Suitcase', Schusev Architekture Museum, Moscow (2006).  Group exhibitions include 'On the Road', Ashdod Museum of Art (2009), 'Piece of Art', Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2009), Art Moscow, Triumph Gallery (2009), 'The Power of Water', State Russian Museum, St Petersburg (2008), 'Four', Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art (2005).   

Matthias Schaller
: Dillingen, Germany, 1965
Education: M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, University of Göttingen, Hamburg, Siena
Residence: Venice, Italy and New York, USA

Matthias Schaller was born in Dillingen (Germany) in 1965. He lives in Venice, Italy and New York City, USA. He studied Cultural Anthropology in Hamburg, Göttingen and Siena. Schaller received the Ci Art Award 2004. Selected solo shows include Purple Desk at the Fondazione Cini (Biennale of Arts, Venice 2009), Fratelli d'Italia at the Museum of Modern Art (Rio de Janeiro, 2009), Das Meisterstück at Picasso Museum (Münster, 2010), Disportraits at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (Rio de Janeiro, 2011). His monographs The Mill (2007), Controfacciata (2008) and Purple Desk (2009) have been published by Steidl.  In 2011, Steidl will also publish an anthology about his work from 2000 - 2010 (introducetion and interview by/with Germano Celant).
Jules Spinatsch

Born: Davos, Switzerland, 1964
Education: Studies in Electrotechnics HTL Buchs, and Sociology, University of Zurich,
International Center of Photography ICP, New York
Residence: Zurich, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria
Jules Spinatsch is an internationally acclaimed Swiss-born photographer. He was awarded the first annual BMW-Paris Photo Prize for Photography in November 2004. In 2010, some of the exciting locations of Spinatsch's exhibitions include Tate Modern, London, Vienna, and the Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg; to only name a few. Previously, exhibitions of his work have been held at other equally prestigious institutes such as MOMA, New York (2006), VTO Gallery, London (2004).
Hiroshi Watanabe
Born: Sapporo, Japan
Education: Department of Photography, College of Art, Nihon University, 1975
MBA, UCLA Business School, Los Angeles, USA, 1993
Residence: California, USA
Hiroshi Watanabe was born in Sapporo, Japan. He graduated from Department of Photography, College of Art, at Nihon University in 1975. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation and became involved in the production of TV commercials, eventually working as a producer. He later established his own production company. He received an MBA degree from UCLA Business School in 1993.  In 1995 his passion for photography rekindled, and since then he has traveled worldwide extensively, photographing what he finds intriguing at that moment and place. Traveling many countries, Watanabe discovers the human's behaviors by capturing the world throughout the image of the people, traditions and locales. In 2000 he closed the production company in order to devote himself to the art and became a full time photographer. Since then, his works have been published and exhibited in many galleries and museums around the world.

Robert Walker
Born: Montreal, Canada, 1945
Education: Studied Painting at Sir George Williams University in Montreal.  Attended photography workshops with Lee Friedlander & Gary Winogrand
Residence: Montreal, Canada
Robert Walker studied painting at Sir George Williams University in Montreal. After graduating in 1969, he attended photography workshops given by Lee Friedlander and Gary Winogrand and began taking street photographs in colour. In 1978 he moved to New York where he remained for ten years. His work from this period resulted in a book titled "New York Inside Out", with an introduction by William S. Burroughs. Walker expanded his interest in cities and photographed in Paris, Rome, Warsaw, and Rio de Janeiro, as well as continuing to work in New York and Montreal. In 1990, he completed his second book "Colour is Power", which accompanied a museum exhibition through six European countries.

After working for more than thirty years in dense urban environments, Walker decided to engage the natural world and for the past five years concentrated on photographing flowers. This work is presently being prepared for publication by Thames & Hudson for a new book to be titled Colour-fields.

Robert Walker's work is included in many private and public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris; the Kunsthaus Museum, Zurich; the Jan Cunen Museum, Oss; and the National Gallery of Canada.

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