Munich: 12 sep—17 nov 2013

“n.t. (Dancer (poss. Paul Perrá) in Three Promenades with the Lord)”

Two Andy Warhol Exhibitions in Munich

We are delighted to announce that we will show two exhibitions of early drawings by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) in Munich this autumn, one at the Pinakothek der Moderne and the other at our Odeonsplatz gallery.

Following the overwhelming success of our recent international museum exhibitions in Denmark and the Netherlands, we are pleased to present an exquisite selection of drawings, some of which have not been exhibited before.

Many of these newly discovered drawings are studies of the human form, inspired by photographs or magazine illustrations. They provide us with unparalleled insight into the early career of one of the 20th century’s most important artists, revealing a lesser-known Warhol founded in European art history and reminiscent of early 20th century masters such as Schiele, Dix, Grosz, Klee and Klimt.

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Pinakothek der Moderne
Zeichnungen der 1950er Jahre
Eröffnung / Opening: September 11, 2013

Ausstellung / Exhibition: September 12 – November 17, 2013
http://www.pinakothek.de/Andy_Warhol_Zeichnungen

Galerie Daniel Blau
Der Beginn der Leichtigkeit
Eröffnung / Opening: September 12, 17 – 20.00
Ausstellung / Exhibition: September 13 – October 25, 2013

London: 7 sep—5 oct 2013

“I Want to Be a Gymnast”

John H. White – Chicago

John H. White (*1945) is a renowned American photojournalist. His photography documents everyday lives and political events in American cities, particularly Chicago. He was a staff photographer on the Chicago Sun-Times for 35 years, and won a Pulitzer prize in 1982. Our exhibition concentrates on photographs depicting life for families living in Chicago housing projects in the 1980s.

The controversial dissolution of the Sun-Times photography department earlier this year stirred up much debate regarding the significance of photojournalism. We are therefore particularly pleased to present this exhibition of works by one of the world’s most influential photojournalists as a testament to the enduring importance of this occupation.

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Teylers Museum, The Netherlands: 1 jun—1 sep 2013

"n.t. (Five Boys)"

Andy Warhol

We are thrilled to announce that the Teylers Museum in the Netherlands will show over 50 early Andy Warhol (1928-1987) drawings in their Print Room this summer, following the success of our exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen.

These works are among the 300 or so newly discovered Warhol drawings that have continued to cause a stir in Europe and the U.S. since being uncovered by Daniel Blau in 2011.

Many of the drawings are studies of the human form, inspired by  photographs or magazine illustrations. They provide invaluable insight into Warhol’s formative years and reveal his skill as a fabulous draughtsman.

The exhibition will move to the Graphische Sammlung in Munich later this year.

Teylers Museum
Spaarne16
2011CH Haarlem
The Netherlands
tel +31 (0)23-5319010
pers@teylersmuseum.nl
www.teylersmuseum.nl

Opening: 31 May, 2013

Exhibition: 1 June – 1 September, 2013
 
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London: 5—31 jul 2013

5 under 30

5 UNDER 30

Daniel Blau is pleased to announce the five winners of the gallery’s first annual Young Photographers’ Competition:

 

Marianne Bjørnmyr / Madoka Furuhashi / Andi Schmied /

Tereza Cervenova / Lara Morrell

 

We are delighted to present a selection of work by these talented photographers in a group exhibition here in London this July.

 

Please join us for the opening on Thursday 4th July from 6 – 9 pm!

 

PRESS: download the 5 UNDER 30 press release here.

22 Jan 2013

Warhol drawings in The Guardian

When Daniel Blau met the gatekeeper of the Andy Warhol Foundation in New York and asked if there was any more of the artist’s unseen work that could be had, he was not hugely optimistic. He could scarcely believe his eyes when forgotten and unpublished early drawings locked away for more than 20 years were brought out. “It was unbelievable … just unbelievable,” Blau told the Guardian – read the story here.

 

 

10 Jan 2013

Louisiana Warhol exhibition on German TV and Radio

Take a look at “From Silverpoint to Silver Screen” on German TV:

http://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/sendung/nm2808.html

at 15:50 minutes

 

Hear Daniel Blau discuss the Warhol drawings on Deutschlandfunk:

http://www.dradio.de/dlf/sendungen/kulturheute/1973405/

 

Further discussion of the exhibition on Deutschlandradio Kultur: http://www.dradio.de/dkultur/sendungen/fazit/1972765/

9 Jan 2013

how to spend it

The Rickerby Show in How to Spend It

The Financial Times has called our London exhibition “A small yet powerful show“.

9 Jan 2013

Los Papeles

Warhol Drawings in El País

Read the story here.

Find out more about From Silverpoint to Silver Screen, our exhibition of Warhol drawings at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark.

4 Jan 2013

Fish Hooks of the Pacific Islands

Fish Hooks of the Pacific Islands in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Read the story here.

You may find out more about this unique publication and order your copy here.

6 Dec 2012

Fish Hooks Publication

Fish Hooks of the Pacific Islands

Published by Daniel Blau, 2011.

Edited by Daniel Blau and Klaus Maaz.

Texts by K. Maaz, S.Picasso and A.J P. Meyer.

The fish hook derives its form from its practical intention – to catch a fish. But in cultures where fishing is and always has been a main livelihood, the crafting of fish hooks becomes an Art. This volume features more than 600 fish hooks used by the peoples of the Pacific Islands, with life-size illustrations and accompanying texts. This is the product of a collaboration of private collectors and is the first extensive monograph on the subject since the 1928 volume Pacific Island Record: Fishhooks by Harry Beasley.

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5 Dec 2012

Andy Warhol book cover

From Silverpoint to Silver Screen

Hardcover, 280 pages, over 200 illustrations in colour and texts by internationally acclaimed experts: our new publication of Andy Warhol’s drawings from the 1950s is finally available for purchase!


Please contact the gallery for further details.

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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark: 8 jan—3 mar 2013

Louisiana Museum installation shot

From Silverpoint to Silver Screen

The first international museum exhibition of Andy Warhol’s ink drawings from the 1950s is on show at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. “From Silverpoint to Silver Screen” is a collection of early drawings recently discovered by Daniel Blau. More than 150 of these works will be on public view for the first time in this unmissable exhibition from January 8th – February 21st, 2013.

Find out more about this exhibition on the Louisiana Museum website.

Hardcover, 280 pages, over 200 illustrations in colour and texts by internationally acclaimed experts: our new publication of Andy Warhol’s drawings from the 1950s is finally available for purchase! The first copies of this outstanding hardcover book will arrive at the gallery next week, and you may order yours below.

 
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1 Dec 2012

Warhol Louisiana

Warhol drawings on show in upcoming exhibition at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Daniel Blau mentioned in an article by Francesca Pini in Italian magazine “Sette”.

Read the article here.

More information about this exhibition can be found here.

London: 9 nov—22 dec 2012

Birds and paved street

Rosebud

After last year’s successful exhibition of affordable photography, the gallery is pleased to present a show of vintage photographs in time for Christmas.

Photography is about collecting. Sometimes the gallery may seem like a museum space, but nevertheless the works on the wall are for sale. This gives visitors the opportunity to participate in the great adventure that is collecting photography. Now more than ever before we have the possibility of finding great works of art at affordable prices. We should remember that the last time such an opportunity arose was in the 1960s, and subsequently the market for 19th Century photography flourished. This time it is the shift to digital photography that brings 20th Century prints to light out of various archives.

It takes foresight to recognise a great work of art as a piece of history when the price tag is only a few hundred pounds. But here in East London the gallery encourages people of every generation to have a look at these one-of-a-kind pieces and develop or begin their own collections.
 
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Grand Palais, Paris: 15—18 nov 2012

Kukukuku Man with Bow

Paris Photo 2012

In addition to a collection of aerial photographs from the great conflicts of the mid-twentieth century, we will show recent work by artist David Bailey. Having already been surprised by the discovery of a number of 1974 Polaroids taken by Bailey of Papua New Guinea and Planet of the Apes, it was uncanny to learn that for the past year and a half he has been photographing televised footage from the Second World War. Daniel only found out when he showed Bailey the invitation for the gallery’s Paris Photo exhibition, “Airborne”. Thus for the first time we will present to the public Bailey’s most recent photographic adventure in the form of large scale photographs shot with a digital camera.

When Bailey takes photos of what he sees on film he increases the number of transitions between event and image to a level of abstraction that no longer has much to do with what actually took place. The image is morphed into something else, losing its historic context and becoming entirely Bailey’s.

Bailey Paris Press Release

Grand Palais, Paris: 15—18 nov 2012

Budapest

Paris Photo 2012

“Photography not only helps us to see, but it inverses our preconceptions about sight.”
Sydney Picasso
 
For Paris Photo 2012, Daniel Blau Ltd. presents “Airborne”, a collection of aerial photographs from the great conflicts of the mid-twentieth century. The exhibition focuses on the Pacific front of the Second World War, but also on other conflicts in which the use of airplanes determined and shaped the nature of warfare. A number of pictures taken on NASA missions from 1966-1971 provide a welcome juxtaposition to the raw violence of war.

The photographs in the “Airborne” exhibition have a dual nature: the documentary and the aesthetic. As Sydney Picasso explains, aerial photographs (of war) can be seen as historical documents but also as artistic planes where the world is flattened and transformed into an aesthetic experience. Our vision of the world has been altered by photography, and even more so by airborne photography, ever since Nadar started taking pictures from a hot air balloon in the 1850s.

This collection of photographs is unique in that it shows us various aspects and landscapes of war, from semi abstract landscapes, bombs falling into clouds, elegant patterns carved into the ocean’s surface by escaping ships, to “beautiful” atomic clouds rising into the sky and the pristine choreography of jets from above.
 
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Galerie Meyer, Paris: 9 nov—1 dec 2012

"Foot Pad of Apollo 11 Lunar Module on Lunar Surface", July, 1969

ALLER-RETOUR

“To see oursels as ithers see us!”
 Robert Burns, 1786

Daniel Blau Ltd. and Galerie Meyer are pleased to present ALLER-RETOUR, an exhibition of pictures from the Apollo X1 journey to the Moon. These works are arguably the ultimate reflection on the theme “The Journey”, the subject of Photo Saint-Germain-des-Prés 2012. This journey’s departure, destination and return extend beyond space and time into the realm of the unknown.

Space exploration has once again captivated the public with the recent landing of Mars rover “Curiosity”, which has produced unparalleled views of the “Red Planet”. Moreover, the recent passing of Neil Armstrong on August 25, 2012 is a poignant reminder of the monumentality and timeless intrigue of space in relation to mankind. Armstrong, reflecting on his journey to the Moon revealed: “the unknowns were rampant”. Set within the backdrop of the Cold War, with intense political tension between the United States and the USSR, the lunar module dubbed “The Eagle” landed Armstrong and Aldrin – with only thirty seconds of fuel remaining – on the Moon in July of 1969. An estimated 550 million people witnessed this undeniably historic event, as Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin explored the Moon’s surface for the very first time. Photographed over two hours while documenting and sampling the Moon, these original photographs remain the most expensive pictures ever taken in terms of their cost of production.

The “magnificent desolation”, as Aldrin described the surface of the Moon, had been photographed via telescope by Lewis Morris Rutherford in the 19th century. However, these 1969 photographs of an unprecedented clarity, the result of unfiltered sunlight in situ, epitomize the magnificence of space. The glorious nostalgia of this fortunate era is reflected in these incredible photographs.

50 years after the first man orbited Earth, the splendour and sublime quality of these groundbreaking pictures of the Moon continue to evoke wonder.

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London: 5 oct—3 nov 2012

Kukukuku Man with Bow

David Bailey Papua Polaroids

“In ’74 I photographed the cannibals in New Guinea. They treated me OK but they didn’t make you feel relaxed…I managed to escape unscathed though, I’m pretty good at that.” 
 
A visit to Bailey’s studio. A treasure! A box of Polaroids from 1974.

When visiting an artist as versatile as Bailey, one should always expect the unexpected. Despite this, it was a great surprise to discover a box of Polaroids taken in Papua New Guinea in 1974, fascinating for their subject matter as well as for their artistic merit.

What followed was a happy-dance and a handshake confirming the opening of “Papua Polaroids” on October 4th.

In 1974 David Bailey visited the New Guinea wilderness and pointed his Polaroid camera at the bow and arrow carrying people, resulting in photographic portraits that have been hidden from view in his archive ever since.

Today indigenous peoples are gazed at and possibly even envied by us for the seemingly simpler and more understandable world they inhabit. The nostalgic aura of Polaroid film intensifies this sense of longing for a more natural and primal way of life.

Daniel has long been interested in Oceanic Art. It is therefore a particular pleasure to find this interest mirrored in Bailey’s work of the 70s.
 
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London: 11—14 oct 2012

Andy Warhol

Frieze Masters 2012

For the inaugural Frieze Masters art fair in London we will be showing the third part of our exhibition trilogy “From Silverpoint to Silver Screen”, a special one-man exhibition of Andy Warhol drawings from the 1950s.

These outstanding drawings are from the personal collection of one of the 20th century’s most significant artists, presented to the public for the first time, 50 years after their creation. We are afforded a unique and comprehensive insight into Andy Warhol’s work in the 10 years following his departure from the grey city of Pittsburgh, during the period of his artistic emancipation in New York. This is an opportunity to get to know him as the grand draftsman that he was.

Excerpt from the catalogue text by Sydney Picasso:

And his thirst bore him through, every image was seized, and while moments of repose produced slow and steady line drawings, time passing drove him to tracing, blotting, repro, collage; in this series we observe an impressive roster of techniques. The theme is not idleness, it is haste, an irrepressible drive to get on with it, to record and thus “live” this new life he has embraced, which will turn out to be tragically short. His “Walk on the Wild Side”: thirty odd years of total immersion, and I believe revelry, in a world he had only glimpsed before arriving on the streets of New York. “I was nobody, I came from nowhere,” he repeated. And as he was willing to literally try anything, we witness here such odd subjects as children in groups, facial studies, and the infamous child shooting up “America’s nightmare,” a mercenary drawing for a CBS series of recordings based on childhood addiction: Andy won the “prize” for art direction for this project and the image became iconified in what would become the first of his many record covers. This initiated yet another chapter in his endless forays into media, to the point that certain later images would portray the Daily News heading directly incorporated in the painting, such as in Daily News, 1962, portraying Eddie Fisher and Liz Taylor’s breakup.

 

Special Preview: 9 Oct, 3 – 8 pm

Professional View: 10 Oct, 11 am – 7 pm

Exhibition: 11 – 13 Oct, 12 – 7 pm

14 Oct, 12 – 6 pm

 

Regent’s Park, London

Booth F13

 

Frieze Masters Press Release

Munich: 14 sep—19 oct 2012

Booglarized at Pearblossom

Journey to the End of the Night

These recent drawings combine Neal Fox’s visionary depictions of the debauched and iconoclastic characters whose ideas have helped shape our collective consciousness with vivid colours that enhance the fantastical and psychedelic atmosphere of the images. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the mythology of pop and consumer culture, Fox’s new drawings are infused with layers of narrative and populated by a vast range of celebrities, lunatics, and geniuses.

In these imagined landscapes Captain Beefheart sells a vacuum cleaner to Aldous Huxley at the Doors of Perception, while elsewhere Jesus is crucified on a McDonald’s sign and popular culture comes to resemble a neon nightmare. We present an exhibition of re-imagined reality and collaged dreams, the familiar made unfamiliar and strange.
 
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Chicago: 20—23 sep 2012

Untitled (Acting like his Mother)

Expo Chicago 2012

For our first exhibition at Expo Chicago we are pleased to offer an overview of our extensive collection in the form of a selection of works on paper from 1950 – 1980. Our mixed booth is a representation of the gallery’s program, and all works hail from past and future exhibitions.

We present a varied taste of the art that came out of the mid-to-late twentieth century. Gathered here is a diverse juxposition of black and white photos, including a number of NASA prints, works by German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Matt Mullican’s stick figures, and to complement our upcoming London exhibition of David Bailey’s Papua New Guinea polaroids, we will have on show a number of his Planet of the Apes polaroids.

Please join us for our opening at Booth 503 on 19th September from 3 – 9 pm.

Expo Chicago press release

 

London: 7—29 sep 2012

Mars

Eyes On Mars

“There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, ‘tis for some other. The spirit cannot die; and man, who shall know all and shall have wings…”
Leonardo da Vinci
 
Daniel Blau presents an extraordinary exhibition of rare NASA photographs and photographic collages of Mars. The collages are composed of vintage silver gelatin prints and are unique works of art.

Until the Mariner 4 probe’s successful fly-by in July 1965, Mars had only been seen through terrestrial telescopes. All of a sudden photographs were transmitted to earth that were of such clarity that we could almost touch the surface of the planet. Viking 1 continued where the Mariner missions left off, and delivered wonderfully detailed photographs of this mysterious planet, named after the Roman God of War and long subject to speculations regarding the possibility of alien life.

What began as a race to put a man on the moon progressed further and further into space, spurred on by limitless ambition and curiosity. These photographs evoke an incomparable time in history when technology was developing at an incredible rate and the impossible became not only possible, but visible for the entire world to see.
 
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TEFAF
Maastricht: 16—25 mar 2012

Tapisserie rélative aux découvertes portugaises

TEFAF 2012

Daniel Blau is pleased to present Old Master Photographers: Photographs from the 1850’s alongside our exhibition of Andy Warhol drawings from the 1950’s. These photographers are the original masters who developed the science and the aesthetics of photography – the first to truly experiment with and push the boundaries of the medium.

Warhol’s sensual early drawings coalesce brilliantly with the images from the first decades of photography – both selections have the capacity to teach us direct lessons on what it means to create, rather than to produce, as well as portraying the genesis of artist and medium.

It’s interesting to see what has happened in the 100 years between the generation of these photographs and of Warhol’s drawings. The photograph was a revolutionary development, which caused many frustrated artists to swap their paint brushes for cameras and to utilize photography as their main artistic media.

As a new discovery we’re showing a series of photographs of a tapestry taken by the Bisson brothers for the Duke of Luynes in 1855 – 6 successive photographs arranged side by side to form a large picture of about 70 x 100 cm!

TEFAF
Maastricht: 16—25 mar 2012

“n.t. (Dancer (poss. Paul Perrá) in Three Promenades with the Lord)”

TEFAF 2012

“Drawing as an exploding plastic metaphor – graphite becomes an extension of the artist’s fingers”.

Quote from the catalogue essay by  Sydney Picasso.


The name “Andy Warhol” brings to mind colourful silkscreens and cans of soup: glossy, finished products arranged neatly on gallery and museum walls. However, his early drawings exhibit a profound technical ability, a draftsman’s skill that reveals a lesser-known Warhol.

We will be showing a collection of extremely rare works from the 1950′s. These are Warhol’s manual experiments with mechanical reproduction and have not seen the light of day for over 50 years. His process of tracing photographs from projected images and blotting the ink onto other pieces of paper is a rudimentary form of printmaking involving multiple stages. We are excited to exhibit these moments of metamorphosis, testaments to a period of revolution in Warhol’s life and artistic career.

Whilst the drawings produced during his first years in New York were often commercial ventures, they embody the embryonic talent so apparent in his later art. These are preliminary drawings, stills from the film of artistic progress, intentional artworks in themselves. They are playfully filled with dotted lines and occasional patches of colour which contrast with the neutral dead surfaces of his subsequent work. This treasure trove from Warhol’s personal collection gives us invaluable new insight into his first ten years as an artist in New York and represents his budding genius. From kids in Central Park to gun-wielding men and a boy shooting up, these drawings are Warhol’s artistic take on the darker side of society.

 

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair)

STAND 443

MECC, 6229 GV Maastricht

The Netherlands

 

 

AIPAD
New York City: 29 mar—1 apr 2012

Architrave, Tempio di Vespasiano, Foro Romano, Roma

AIPAD 2012

This exhibition includes works by some of the greatest photographers of the first generation, such as Alinari, Baldus, Bisson, de Beaucorps, Le Secq, Marville and Nègre and others.

We have selected the pictures not only for their artistic merit but also for the condition and quality of each print. Furthermore the focus of this small selection is on the transitional years 1850-60.

This is a particularly interesting time of rapid developments in photography. The invention of the glass negative and albumen paper gave the artists important choices of “soft” or “sharp focus”,  depending on the selected materials.

This difference is nicely illustrated in the two prints from the same negative by Baldus of Michaelangelo’s Slave. One is printed on salt paper and the other on albumen paper and both prints are beautiful in their own rights.

Some artists preferred the traditional paper negatives like for example de Beaucorps who in 1859/60 still used them on his extended travels in Europe and North Africa. Others like the Brothers Alinari or Bisson produced photographs of unsurpassed sharpness and clarity from glass negatives on albumen paper.

The Brothers Bisson made some of their greatest prints at this time. The large and mysterious photo of the Roman architectural detail is an outstanding example of their artistic excellence and technical achievements.

 

AIPAD

Park Avenue Armory

67th Street and Park Avenue

New York City

 

Opening: March 28 2012, 5 – 9 pm

Exhibition: March 29 – 31, 11 – 6 pm / April 1, 11 – 5 pm

 

Gustave Le Gray will not be included here, as his works are being shown in our special exhibition “Thoroughly Le Gray” at the rooms of C.G. Boerner.

 

http://www.danielblau.com/fairs-events/2012/thoroughly-le-gray/

 

C.G. Boerner in New York City: 27 mar—1 apr 2012

La Vague brisée, Mer Méditerranée

Thoroughly
Le Gray

A special exhibition at the rooms of C.G. Boerner in NY

 

As Picasso was the central star for painting and Man Ray for modern photography, Gustave Le Gray was the prominent figure early 19th Century photographers had to conquer before they could make a name for themselves.

Like many of his colleagues, Le Gray was a painter before he enthusiastically embraced the new medium of photography. By 1849 he had entered the Paris photo scene with his calotype landscapes taken in Fontainebleau and from there found further influence teaching photography to a group of students including Du Camp, Le Secq, Mestral and Tournachon, who in turn would also go on to achieve great fame in photography.

His ground breaking inventions rapidly set new standards for size and quality. In 1857, his Vague Brisée, a “snap-shot” of a small boat with wind-filled sails and a breaking wave in the foreground, was shown to an approving and fascinated audience.

As a technical perfectionist, Le Gray was above all a great painter with the camera.

In addition to the excellent Vague Brisée three new discoveries will be shown, calotypes taken at Fontainebleau castle. Rare treasures from the estate of his colleague Le Secq, they appear to be the only surviving examples of these images.

We are thrilled to present these works to our American audience and consider our gallery very fortunate to reintroduce these pictures to the œuvre of Le Gray.

 

Opening: March 27, 6 – 9 pm

Exhibition: March 28 – 30, 10 – 6 pm / March 31 & April 1, 11 – 5 pm

 

C.G. Boerner,

23 East 73 Street (3rd floor)

New York, NY 10021

+1 / 212 / 772 7330

 

contact@danielblau.com

 

13 dec—31 jan 2012

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Rare NASA Photographs

Daniel Blau is pleased to present a unique collection of rare vintage NASA photographs. These incredible pictures depict the wonder and awe of space travel.

These photographs have become part of our collective visual memory for the twentieth century; pictures that markedly symbolise the speed and power of post-war technological development at a time when Cold War tension was rife between the US and Russia. And so began the space race; the period of the 1960’s that saw the first man on the Moon. Missile technology, taken from Germany at the close of  WWII, set the technological precedence for manned space crafts to orbit the Earth, eventually landing on lunar soil: a period in human history incomparable to any other; photographed, with immense beauty, for the whole world to gaze in astound.

These are not simple snap-shots by an amateur, taken with a Kodak box, but the result of the combined efforts of thousands of workers and scientists at NASA. Indeed, these are the most expensive photographs ever produced. To see these prints in the flesh is an experience as close to bouncing on lunar soil as any of us will ever get. These magnificent landscapes can be compared to Gustav Le Gray’s large prints of  Fontainebleau or his seascapes. Today we treasure these vintage prints for their artistic quality and as permanent visual evidence of a time when the future seemed so close…

 

‘…Our first shock comes as we stop our spinning motion and swing ourselves around so as to bring the Moon into view. We have not been able to see the Moon for nearly a day now, and the change is electrifying. The Moon I have known all my life, that two-dimensional small yellow disk in the sky, has gone away somewhere, to be replaced by the most awesome sphere I have ever seen. To begin with, it is huge, completely filling our window. Second, it is three-dimensional. The belly of it bulges out toward us in such a pronounced fashion that I almost feel I can reach to touch it…’

– Michael Collins, Apollo XI, July 1969 (NASA Sp-350, 1975, p. 207)

 

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17 rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006, Paris: 3—30 nov 2011

Araki Installation

Araki Polaroids

He was not to do anything of bad taste, the women of the inn warned old Eguchi. He was not to put his finger into the mouth of the sleeping girl, or try anything of that sort” – ‘House of the Sleeping Beauties’ by Yasunari Kawabata.

Daniel Blau, London/Munich, in collaboration with Galerie Meyer, Paris, is pleased to present an exhibition of Nobuyoshi Araki polaroids.This exhibition will take place in the cultural quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, to coincide with the photography festival in November.The quarter is infamous for the French home of existentialist literature – the creative birthplace of prominent writers including Jean-Paul Satre and Simone de Beauvoir.With this in mind, and in ode to the relationship between photography and literature, we have decided to engage directly with literary themes, by presenting to you a series of frozen narrative moments in photography: Araki’s polaroids.

In the introduction toYasunari Kawabata’s House of the Sleeping Beauties,Yukio Mishima compares Kawabata’s writing to a photograph. He says, like a still image, Kawabata’s writing might expose the light-world in which we live, revealing its bright, plastic hypocrisy. Literature is compared to the photographic image; both freezing moments in narrative time. Like Kawabata, Araki developed a profound frustration for the conservativism of Japanese society’s attitude to sex, and like Kawabata’s House of the Sleeping Beauties, Araki’s photographs seek to radicalise and re-invent the way we

view nudity and sexual implicitness in Japanese culture, alongside the boom of the sex industry in Japan in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

With true beauty and precision, it is Araki who brings this idea to life in the image; his series of polaroids conjuring a Kawabata-like story; where nude women become the beautiful protagonists in the perfect eroto-pornographic tale.

 

Paris: 10—13 nov 2011

First US Rendevous in Space: Gemini VI meets Gemini VII

Paris Photo 2011

Daniel Blau is pleased to present a unique collection of rare vintage NASA photographs. These incredible pictures depict the wonder and awe of space travel.

These photographs have become part of our collective visual memory for the twentieth century; pictures that markedly symbolise the speed and power of post-war technological development at a time when Cold War tension was rife between the US and Russia. And so began the space race; the period of the 1960’s that saw the first man on the Moon. Missile technology, taken from Germany at the close of  WWII, set the technological precedence for manned space crafts to orbit the Earth, eventually landing on lunar soil: a period in human history incomparable to any other; photographed, with immense beauty, for the whole world to gaze in astound.

These are not simple snap-shots by an amateur, taken with a Kodak box, but the result of the combined efforts of thousands of workers and scientists at NASA. Indeed, these are the most expensive photographs ever produced. To see these prints in the flesh is an experience as close to bouncing on lunar soil as any of us will ever get. These magnificent landscapes can be compared to Gustav Le Gray’s large prints of  Fontainebleau or his seascapes. Today we treasure these vintage prints for their artistic quality and as permanent visual evidence of a time when the future seemed so close…

 

‘…Our first shock comes as we stop our spinning motion and swing ourselves around so as to bring the Moon into view. We have not been able to see the Moon for nearly a day now, and the change is electrifying. The Moon I have known all my life, that two-dimensional small yellow disk in the sky, has gone away somewhere, to be replaced by the most awesome sphere I have ever seen. To begin with, it is huge, completely filling our window. Second, it is three-dimensional. The belly of it bulges out toward us in such a pronounced fashion that I almost feel I can reach to touch it…’

– Michael Collins, Apollo XI, July 1969 (NASA Sp-350, 1975, p. 207)

 

For further information about our exhibition email: contact@danielblau.com

Paris Photo, 10 – 13 Nov 2011

Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

A newspaper catalogue will accompany the exhibition.