A new show at Arthur Roger Gallery provides an unprecedented opportunity to compare work by George Dureau and Robert Mapplethorpe, two of the most important figurative photographers of the 20th century. In a just world, the two artists would enjoy equally significant reputations. But the general art historical line holds that the New Orleans-based Dureau’s photographs exist almost as a kind of footnote or sidebar to those of the more well-known Mapplethorpe, whose fame and notoriety have only increased since his death in 1989, while Dureau’s reputation has been mostly limited to local and specialized circles during the same period.
Yarrow is one of the best fine art photographers working in animal conservation today. His photographs render a kind of raw literacy to the truth of the vanishing wild. For his latest book, Wild Encounters (Rizzoli, October 2016), Yarrow traveled to multiple continents, from the frozen Arctic to the African desert, to capture the most iconic animals through which we often define the natural world—lion, rhinoceros, and elephant, to name a few. His goal with the book, as with much of his work, was to push beyond the staid, one-dimensional portraits that can be common with wildlife photography. The result is a triumph of both artistic mastery and emotional affect—a portfolio of compelling, visually arresting pictures that afford us the opportunity to fully grasp both the magnificence of animals in the wild and the threats they face in the modern world.
David Yarrow describes his process for photographing lions in the wild, including encasing his camera in a steel box and enticing the animals with Old Spice.
Listen to Lisa Tahir’s interview with Gene Koss on LA Talk Radio – All Things Therapy. Professor Gene Koss, Founder of the Tulane University Glass Art Department in 1976. His career spans 41 years in creating monumental 3-8 ton glass and steel mixed media sculptures.
Christmas has a funny way of reminding us of the innocent joys of childhood even as the world looks less and less innocent. Stephen Paul Day’s magnificently crafted, yet totally weird, Queen of Mirthshow features oversized recreations of vintage children’s games and pop culture collectibles from the shadowy recesses of America’s past.
Artist, philanthropist, author, conservationist and photographer David Yarrow joins Justin to talk about his amazing career, starting off his career as a sports photographer, when he decided to make the transition to wildlife photography, how he prepared himself to take on the challenge of wildlife photography, his process of taking pictures of wild animals, the importance of capturing the eyes of an animal, the goal of taking four good pictures a year, how he chooses the location to photograph his subjects, what he plans to do next, his 2016 book, “Wild Encounters” and his current exhibition at the Hilton-Asmus Contemporary art gallery.
As part of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp opening November 16-18, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will exhibit nine prints and an original woodcut block from John T. Scott’s 2003 series, Blues Poem for the Urban Landscape.
WYES honors artists Allison Stewart and Campbell Hutchinson with the Celeste Seymour Judell Arts Award, their annual tribute to local arts activists.
As his global fame has grown, local artist Douglas Bourgeois’ paintings have entranced many art lovers while leaving some baffled. How can such diverse subjects look so at home in the same canvas? He once told an interviewer, “To me, a heart-shattering soul song is as transcendent as a Giotto fresco or an Emily Dickinson or William Blake poem.”
As one of the world’s best-known wildlife photographers, David Yarrow is used to travelling with a formidable array of hi-tech equipment in pursuit of a perfect shot. Yet the key to capturing this stunning picture of one of Africa’s largest elephants was a heap of rhino dung.