In the past week I’ve opened two versions of my exhibition, Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness. Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto and curated by Gaelle Morel, this show opened first at Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. This remarkable museum which celebrates the inventor of photography as well as the medium’s history will be showing the exhibition from Oct. 12th/13 to Jan. 12th/14. My thanks go out to François Cheval / Conservateur en chef and Christelle Rochette / Conservatrice adjointe for their work related to producing a European version of the exhibition.
The National Gallery of Canada has opened the North American version of the exhibition which I produced with the Ryerson Image Centre over the past few months – it will be shown from Oct. 18th/13 to Jan. 5th/14 and has been overseen by NGC Associate Curator, Andrea Kunard. On Saturday, Oct. 26th/13 NGC Director, Marc Mayer will chair a panel discussion with myself, photographer Michel Campeau (who has just opened, Icons of Obsolescence) and curators, Morel and Kunard.
On Saturday, October 26th/12, 2:30pm I will be giving a talk about my work at the National Gallery of Canada. I will be joined by artist Michel Campeau, curators Andrea Kunard/NGC and Gaëlle Morel/Ryerson Image Centre, and NGC Director, Marc Mayer.
Hope to see you there!
Over the next two weeks I have two versions of my exhibition: Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness opening – one in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada - the other at Musée-Nicéphore-Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saone, France. Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre/curated by Gaëlle Morel.
Today Nora Young/SPARK – CBC, interviewed me about this show.
This past week I was interviewed by an Associated Press writer about the news that Kodak has received approvals to exit Chapter 11. This is an interesting story because the Kodak that will emerge from bankruptcy in September will be unrecognizable to most.
They will have divested themselves of their still photography divisions and will no longer make cameras – two core businesses that have defined Kodak since it was first established by George Eastman in 1888. Instead Kodak now defines itself as “a printing and imaging company” – one that will have no relationship with consumers.
On Wednesday, April 3rd/13 I will be speaking with Alison Nordstrom about my book at the New York Public Library. This talk, which is part of the Artist’s Dialogue Series organized by Arezoo Mohseni, will be followed by a book signing.
For full event details see: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/183405
I’ve just finished a limited edition portfolio of the Disappearance of Darkness which will be going to AIPAD (New York City – Apr. 3rd-6th/13) with the Stephen Bulger Gallery this week.
The portfolio is housed in a 14 x 18 inch clamshell case. Hand-crafted with a drop spine, the case is covered in cloth and is blind stamped with the title. Each portfolio contains fifteen 11 x 14 inch colour pigment prints mounted on 14 x 18 inch white 4-ply museum board. A specially handbound and signed copy of the book The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era accompanies the prints.The portfolio is limited to an edition of fifteen with five artist’s proofs and each photograph is signed, numbered, and dated by the artist. Two letterpress pages accompany the photographs: a title and colophon sheet and a list of the images. For more information please contact: The Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto
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David Gonzales of the Lens Blog wrote this heartfelt review of the book commenting on the radical changes affecting photography today.
All the major booksellers have sold out of my book but some of the lesser-known online book dealers are selling new and used copies for premium prices. However, my publisher has assured me that the 2nd print run is on its way and new books will be available on March 1st/13 through Amazon and other booksellers. If you’re in a rush, please contact the Ryerson Image Centre (the co-publisher) - they have some books available at list price plus shipping. Please email Christine Papantoniou at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This recent review by Guardian writer Sean O’Hagan discusses the book as one that explores the end of materiality.