The Getty,
Lots of color,
Quick Giveaways &
some Art Nudity

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Inspired by Drollgirl’s most recent post on Jo Ann Callis, I wanted to share a bit on three extraordinary artists on exhibit at the Getty. It's a great chance to see the work of these three pioneers of color photography in person if you happen to be in Los Angeles now through the 9th of August...



Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance, a modernist photographer and early pioneer in color work…

‘A designer and illustrator in New York before turning to photography in the 1920s. He is considered a visionary for his use of color and his efforts to raise advertising photography to the status of art. He made significant contributions to the history of the medium in still life, the nude, color, and staged photography. Outerbridge created works of great visual power that have inspired generations of artists. Color photography was primarily viewed as a commercial medium, but Outerbridge challenged that assumption by cultivating it as a means of personal expression. The carbro color process allowed Outerbridge to naturalistically reproduce subtle skin tone variations in his nudes—something that had not been done before.’









Richard C. Miller: Master of the Carbro Process...

‘In the 30s and 40s he was one of the few photographers that worked with the carbro tri-color printing camera, which is known for vivid, electric colors and prints that have an archival longevity. For seven decades, he made a living working for North American Aviation photographing airplanes and details for service manuals, as freelancer for such magazines as Liberty, This Week, Time, Life and Colliers and later as stringer for Globe Photos, which kept him circulating in the universe of stars. Like Paul Outerbridge, he was one of the first shooters to embrace the art of color photography.’









Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling...

‘The title refers to her warm-hued photograph of a woman in a circle skirt spinning around in a blur. Her furious yet solitary movement contrasts with the stillness of a carved wood sculpture of an entwined couple that doubles as the base of a lamp. Questions arise about the activity and the setting. This sort of oblique narrative percolates through of most of Callis’ carefully staged color photographs of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, which mine the psychological and emotional pressures of domestic life. Callis embraced working in color at a time when it was disdained by fine art photographers as a commercial gambit. Using mostly female models, with sets and props, she staged scenes suggesting desire and tension in her painstakingly printed Cibachromes.’







Quick Giveaway: To request the two postcards shown below of Jo Ann Callis’ work please send an email with the subject of: ‘Callis’ to felinofelice@ymail.com with your name and mailing address. If you are the first person to respond after the posting, you will receive the cards (both new and in a protective envelope) by mail.

The giveaway is no longer available, Congratulations and thank you Natalie!



More on my trip to the Getty and another related quick giveaway to follow later this week…

30 comments:

Mujer imperfecta said...

Wonderful pictures,

xx

Planet Mondo said...

Gorgeous Gabbi - have you seen Harold Lloyd's nudes (yes him of the silent movies) he was pioneering early 3D photography I think there may be some early Monroe ones in the collection.

OmnisLucis said...

that is some incredible artwork, and i appreciate the round of information you provide!

(great blog :)

Emy Augustus said...

wow really interesting nude pictures. and very suggestive deserts! lol.

Dooder City said...

I love the pastries that are supposed to resemble boobs (or do I just have a weird mind?) I love the Miller photo of the girl dressed in the Hawaiin garb.

drollgirl said...

love this post! you have a wonderful way with words and images -- very thought provoking and beautiful!

and thank you so much for linking to me. ;)

Couture Carrie said...

What a gorgeous post, Gabbi! That exhibit looks wonderful! I looooove the handstand pic!

xoxox,
CC

Gabbi said...

~ gracias querida mujer imperfecta! ojala que te sientas mejor…♥

~ I’d never seen that his nudes in 3D before Mondo! How very funny is that? I need to see that book now. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

~ Thank you Omnis! I really enjoyed the show… great to discover your blog. I’m adding it to my reader list.

~ They are Emy! The series is called ‘Forbidden Pleasures’ and is supposed to be a sort of reference to our health conscious society and the guilt that eating desserts carries… Thank you and hope your weekend has gone well :)

~ I love that photo too Deana… there’s something sort of out-of-place to it don’t you think? A cool Hawaiian girl isn’t supposed to be smoking maybe. The pastries are sort of boob’ish… so wrong.

~ Thank you dear Drollgirl! I love the photographs in your post… some of those I didn’t even take much note of at the exhibit and now wish I had. Hope you’re having a great weekend. ♥

~ It was a favorite mine too dear CC! It looks good when held upside down too. Lovely weekend to you and your loved ones and thank you again for the two awards… I love getting them... xo♥

Chrisy said...

Thank you thank you thank you so very much for sharing the work of these artists...I hadn't heard of any of them before but oh I enjoyed this entry so much and am now coveting these books!

Keith said...

Hey Gabbi. These are really beautiful photos. I love them all. Thank you for sharing them with us. I enjoyed this post. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Cheers!

The Clothes Horse said...

Oh! These pictures are heavenly. They make you want to just step inside them.

Mary-Laure said...

Oh I must must MUST head for the Getty ASAP.

Pen Pen said...

I really love the shower one-- I always make important decisions in the shower...it's occurring to me as I type this that...maybe that's a little strange... :)
I do love callis--We actually discussed him in a writing seminar I took in college when we read some of Sylvia Plath's work- they psychological motifs that are to do with women are all over both of the art mediums with her and Callis-it was one of my favorite things :)
I actually just put up a quote from a poem by Plath on my blog right before I came here to look at urs! We've creatively hugged! :)

Amelia said...

That fan picture is so amazing! Great post.

La Chauve-Souris said...

love you those pix


bonne nuit
la chauve-souris

Hey Harriet said...

This is a most fabulous post! You've introduced me to some amazing artists and I'm wanting to see more of their work now. I wish I could visit the Getty!

Oh and congrats to Natalie on winning the super giveway :)

Fashion Moment said...

Fabulous post! Thank you for your comment! Your blog is amazing!

FM~FP~AF

miriam said...

incredible work!
and can't wait until your next giveaway :)

have a lovely day, sweets! xx.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful stuff! I especially like the things by Jo Ann Callis - I'd never heard of her.

About the stir fry - yes, Robert says you can replace the chicken with extra-firm tofu to make it vegetarian!

A. said...

there are some really amazing pictures.

Ash Fox said...

i love the quality and richness of the colors in the drawings from the 20's and 30's.
x
www.tittees.blogspot.com

Quixsa said...

Wow! Speechless. Thank you so much for showcasing!

Brunch at Saks said...

Just found your blog- LOVE it :)

Hanako66 said...

I'm planning on going to the getty again next month....you have me SO excited!

P R I M O E Z A said...

such lovely whimisical images

Sam said...

Goodness me! I totally missed out on the giveaway!!Love these photographers and I'm so jealous you can go visit the Getty with such ease!! There is a bit if a debate as to whether photography should be considered art - but I think it's pretty clear that it is when you look at these works! P.S. Move went well and have left a sign for ginger to tell him not to climb up to the third floor for milk and tickles!

Miss Eve said...

Great images :-) I especially love the book cover...

Daisy said...

Amazing photos!

~M~ said...

Amazing photos! Thanks for introducing to these great photographers.

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