Tom Winchester


Capitalism, Reality and Photography

by Tom Winchester on September 15, 2011

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I awoke from a daze when I walked into Boris Mikhailov’s Case History at MoMA. All of the sudden the white walls and sleek designs I’d come to expect from Friday-night strolls were replaced by muted flesh tones and a feeling of being watched. It was almost as if I’d switched roles with the work. Not able to shake the feeling, I began to internally justify why I was so impacted by a few images and listing all the predictable ways they seemed exploitative, but that didn’t help. I’d been affected in a way I couldn’t pinpoint.

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Ben Stiller, David Zwirner and Christie’s are teaming up to raise money for Haitian humanitarian non-profits by selling some of today’s most notable artists’ works. The auction is offering all proceeds to charity, a tax write-off for buyers and a waiver for all fees usually taken by the high-end auction house.

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Photographer Jill Greenberg’s show “Glass Ceiling” at Clamp Art presents outtakes from one of her commercial editorials and plays them off as feminist art, but are they?

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In an exhibition titled Every Photo Graph Is In Visible a new Chelsea gallery called Churner and Churner is showing progressive work that reflects the revolutionary attempts attributed to modernists like Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy. Last week, artist Letha Wilson, met with gallerist Rachel Churner and I to discuss her work and how it paves a new analog path for photography by using materials outside of the medium’s traditional form.

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I resented Sarasota, Florida when I lived there because no one was young and no art seemed new … Now, I resent New York because nothing seems old … The Ringling Museum in Sarasota has since become my favorite place to escape when I visit Florida …

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