Tuesday, May 21, 2014, Eastman presented new lecture:
Fidel's Last Stairwell?
at The Pizzuti Collection in Columbus, Ohio.
Video of lecture will be posted soon.
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Edwynn Houk Gallery is now representing
Fidel's Last Stairway, Havana, 2014
|Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to announce our exclusive representation of Michael Eastman (American, b. 1947). The self-taught photographer has spent the last five decades documenting the interiors and facades in cities such as Havana, Paris, Rome, and New Orleans, distinguishing himself as one of the world's leading contemporary photographic artists.
Eastman’s photographic career began in his early 20’s after reading The Daybooks of Edward Weston and practicing Ansel Adam’s zone system. Always intrigued by surface, patina, and color, he began by taking black and white pictures of abstract patterns on walls in his now signature formalist style. He once stated “I do get in front of things and look at them straight on. Partly that’s from Weston, partly from Evans – and my love of painting and the idea of it, the flatness.”
Eastman’s oeuvre is diverse, spanning sumptuous Italian interiors, decrepit American ghost towns, and expansive midwestern landscapes. He is most well known for his vibrant and haunting images of Havana, Cuba, which he has photographed over the course of five trips beginning in the late 1990’s. A common theme present throughout his work is historic preservation and the depiction of places marking human activity but devoid of the actual inhabitants. His rich color palette, geometric precision, and elevation of setting to subject continues to transport the viewer to a different place and time.
Michael Eastman was born in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, and studied at the University of Wisconsin. He was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts grant, the National Addy Award in 1997-2000, and a Paris Photo BMW Prize Finalist. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, the International Center of Photography, NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Saint Louis Art Museum. He has had solo exhibitions at the Barry Friedman Gallery, NY, the University of Wyoming, the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, MO, and McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC. His publications include Havana (Prestel, 2011), Vanishing America (Rizzoli, 2008), and Horses (Knopf, 2003), which is now in its fifth edition. Eastman's photographs have appeared in Art In America, Art News, New York Times, Communications Arts, American Photographer and Time Magazine. He currently lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.
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THE ARMORY SHOW 2014
PIER 94 - CONTEMPORARY, BOOTH 917
|Michael Eastman | Brassaï | Vera Lutter | Herb Ritts | Sally Mann | Man Ray
Stephen Shore | Robert Polidori | Abelardo Morell | Elliott Erwitt | Bill Brandt
Robert Heinecken | Lalla Essaydi | Edward Weston | Sissi Farassat | Valérie Belin
Vik Muniz | Nadav Kander | Elinor Carucci | Sebastiaan Bremer | Gail Albert Halaban
6 - 9 March 2014
Piers 92 & 94
711 12th Avenue
Michael Eastman: Vanishing America
November 7, 2013– January 11, 2014
New York - Barry Friedman, Ltd. is pleased to present Michael Eastman’s America, a solo exhibition of photographs from three of the artist’s distinctive series, Vanishing America, Horses, and Landscapes. This exhibition, the artist’s fourth at Barry Friedman Ltd, will open with a reception on Thursday, November 7th, from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Eastman explores the essence of America through its architecture, landscape, and iconic images. The large format C-prints of Vanishing America depict a disappearing landscape of diners, movie theaters, bars, bowling alleys, juke joints, and the forgotten outskirts of small towns. Of this series, American historian Douglas Brinkley has written, “Though each photo shows a specific town, all of the photos evoke that same particularly American loneliness in which we share. Virtually in all fifty states- thirty of which Eastman sojourned across with camera in hand to compile Vanishing America – cobwebbed symbols of our small-town past lurk amongst the shiny newness of our fast-food junctions and Eisenhower Interstate exits. The sheer thrust of American Dynamism has simply left Main Street unloved. But if your eyes gaze at these neglected roadside monuments long enough, you can be transported back to the time when Main Street was the epicenter of most communities.”
Photographic processes and advanced printmaking techniques developed by Eastman are evident in these new series of Horses & Landscapes, revisiting his investigations of these truly mythic animals and vast open spaces with large-scale, hand-varnished monochromatic photographs. “These new bodies of work culminates long exploration into creating prints that utilizing multiple centuries' of knowledge and experience in photography, printmaking and painting,” explains Eastman. “By applying multiple coats of the oil glaze made from Rembrandt's 17th century formulas and then lacquering the surface of 100% rag digital prints made with 21st century’s ink jet technology, I find these prints to be rich in ways that I have always strived to produce, but until now, never could have achieved with conventional photography. These prints are both painterly and photographic. They are analog and digital.”
Los Angeles Times Art Critic, Leah Ollman states, “Walker Evans' legacy is evident throughout Eastman's work: a love of the vernacular, a consistent, frontal approach, and a fondness for…time and neglect. Photographs keep a subject alive and at the same time mark its passing. The friction between a photograph's perpetual now and its memorial then can saturate an image with poignancy… This dynamic plays out powerfully in Michael Eastman's photographs.”
Michael Eastman was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1947. The range of his oeuvre is diverse, including his photographic series of Cuba, Italy, Portugal, and the effulgent architectural environs in Urban Luminosity. His publications include his most recent Havana (Prestel, 2010), Vanishing America (Rizzoli, 2008), and Horses (Knopf, 2003), and his photographs are featured in Rainer Maria Rilke’s book Auguste Rodin, published by Archipelago Press. Eastman has been a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts grant, and has been published in Time, Life, and The New York Times. His photographs are included in numerous public and private collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.
12/02/13 – Miky and Leticia Grendene hosted a member-exclusive social in their luxurious Mediterranean home-inspired hotel restaurant – Casa Tua. In the private club area, the evening focused on international photographer, Michael Eastman. Making an appearance, Michael mingled with guests sharing his insight and personal stories of his landscape photographs captured over a 12-year time frame in Havana, Cuba. In the showcase, we see magnificent, grand interiors that have been destroyed by time and neglect. The rooms – occupied with abandoned, worn out chairs and dusty wall fixtures – speak of unknown, past lives. The combination of las casas at Casa creates the perfect hospitality for Art Basel.
University of Wyoming
May 25 - August 24, 2013