March 21, 2016

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964 – 1979 @ Tate Britain, London

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964 – 1979
Tate Britain, London
12 April – 29 August 2016

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979 will show how artists working in Britain transformed the nature of art. This exhibition will trace the course of this pivotal movement from its origins in the mid-1960s through to the late 1970s, bringing together 70 works by 21 artists. It will demonstrate the radical, thought-provoking and politically-engaged nature of this defining period in art history.

Conceptual artists made ideas the essence of their art. This exhibition will position conceptual art not as a style but rather a game-changing shift in the way we think about art, how it is made and what it is for. Conceptual art emerged during a time of political and social change. Surveying a period which spanned Harold Wilson’s first Labour government to the election of Margaret Thatcher, it will show how conceptual art drew its material and content from the real world. The exhibition will showcase how conceptual artists took art beyond its traditional boundaries and questioned how it was defined. Seminal works will include Michael Craig-Martin’s An Oak Tree 1973 – a glass of water on a glass shelf, alongside a text suggesting possible meanings of the work – and Roelof Louw’s Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges) 1967 – a pile of fruit from which visitors are invited to take a piece.

Conceptual artists often employed theory and philosophy to produce work that invited analysis and enquiry rather than purely contemplation. Influential figures such as Art & Language, Keith Arnatt, Richard Long, Bruce McLean and Stephen Willats prioritised ideas, concepts and artistic process over material form. The exhibition will examine how artists questioned the nature of art and addressed issues of society, politics and identity, including Victor Burgin’s critique of modern consumerism, Possession 1976, Mary Kelly’s examination of the mother-child relationship in her Post-Partum Document 1974-8, and Conrad Atkinson’s Northern Ireland 1968 - May Day 1975 1975-6, which uses photography and text to represent different points of view in the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The exhibition will feature the work of such artists as Sue Arrowsmith, Braco Dimitrijević, Barry Flanagan, Hamish Fulton, Margaret Harrison, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, John Hilliard, John Latham, Bob Law and David Tremlett. It will also provide a unique chance to see over 250 archival objects rarely on public display. The exhibition will frame a multiplicity of voices and positions, revealing the key role played by British art schools such as Saint Martin’s School of Art, the Royal College of Art and Coventry School of Art in the formation of a ground-breaking generation of artists. Seminal exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and ICA will also be explored. Conceptual Art in Britain 1964 –1979 will trace the course of conceptual art to demonstrate its intrinsic engagement with the spirit of its time, and reveal its implications for the art of today.

The exhibition is curated by Andrew Wilson, Curator Modern and Contemporary British Art and Archives, with Carmen Juliá, Assistant Curator Contemporary British Art. It is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue by Tate Publishing and a programme of talks and events in the gallery.


March 19, 2016

H. Craig Hanna: Peintures et Dessins, MNHA - Musée national d'histoire et d'art, Luxembourg

H. Craig Hanna: Peintures et Dessins
MNHA - Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg
Jusqu'au 26 juin 2016

H. Craig Hanna
H. Craig Hanna 
Zola in Yellow Crocs
Encre et acrylique sous Perspex
Collection particulière
© Laurence Esnol Gallery

H. Craig Hanna
H. Craig Hanna 
Arrangement of Dancers
Encre et acrylique sous Perspex
Collection du Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg
© MNHA | Laurence Esnol Gallery

Laurence Esnol Gallery a le plaisir d’annoncer la première exposition muséale du peintre H. Craig HANNA au Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art Luxembourg (MNHA), jusqu'au 26 juin 2016. L'exposition Peintures et Dessins prolonge l’acquisition de Arrangement of Dancers par le MNHA en 2015. L’exposition présente une cinquantaine d’oeuvres réalisées au cours de ces quinze dernières années. 

Pour la première fois, l’oeuvre du peintre américain H. Craig HANNA fait l’objet d’une exposition au sein d’un grand musée national. Peintures et Dessins réunit des oeuvres majeures de ces quinze dernières années, dont la plupart issues de collections privées et exceptionnellement prêtées pour l’occasion. Le MNHA invite à découvrir toute l’étendue de la maîtrise technique de l’artiste, des huiles sur bois aux dessins, en passant par les peintures sur perspex qui ont fait sa renommée.

Parmi les oeuvres exposées figurent les emblématiques Zola in Yellow Crocs (2012), Laurence with Blue Glove (2012), American Girl (2007), ainsi qu’Arrangement of Dancers (2014), acquis par le MNHA en 2015. L'exposition consacre également une section aux dessins de H. Craig HANNA, et met en valeur les sketchbooks que l’artiste emporte partout avec lui.

H. Craig HANNA est né en 1967 à Cleveland aux Etats-Unis. Dessinateur virtuose autant que génie de la couleur et de la composition, sa technique lui a valu d’être qualifié de «jeune Maître» par d’éminentes instances du monde de l’art. L’oeuvre de H. Craig HANNA a déjà été sélectionnée à deux reprises par la National Portrait Gallery de Londres. Après avoir vécu à New York, Malte et Londres, il vit aujourd’hui à Paris. H. Craig HANNA est représenté en permanence et en exclusivité par la Laurence Esnol Gallery.

H. Craig Hanna
H. Craig Hanna: Peintures et Dessins
Catalogue de l'exposition aux éditions Michèle

L’exposition Peintures et Dessins est accompagnée d’un catalogue publié aux éditions Michèle. Préfacé par Michel Polfer, directeur du MNHA, il inclut également des textes de Claire Van Cleave, historienne de l’art, Christopher Mooney, journaliste et critique d’art, ainsi que de la galeriste Laurence Esnol.

A lire aussi, paru aux Editions Somogy en 2009 : 232 pages, 230 illustrations, relié sous jaquette :

H. Craig Hanna
Sketchbook by H. Craig Hanna, 2009

Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art, Luxembourg

March 13, 2016

Sony Cameras F55 and F5

Sony’s F55 and F5 improved with new CineAlta products adding speed to the 4K production workflow

(c) Sony

Sony’s next generation of CineAlta products provides enhanced features for production professionals now shooting in 4K RAW with large sensor cameras; handling large files can be done easily while maintaining the highest levels of image quality.

The new products include an upcoming RAW recorder, the AXS-R7 for the F55/F5 and higher-speed AXS memory cards. These are complemented by the newest firmware (Version 8) for the F55 and F5, continuing Sony’s development and support of the CineAlta platform by adding new features and capabilities directly based on user feedback.

“These new technologies answer the question of ‘why shoot in 4K 16-bit RAW’? And, demonstrate Sony’s commitment to the F5 and F55’” said Ainara Porron, Marketing Manager, Cinematography, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Working in 4K RAW and High Dynamic Range (HDR) opens up new creative possibilities for production professionals who are not prepared to compromise on image quality.”

New RAW Recorder

Compared to previous Sony 4K recorders, the new recorder doubles 4K RAW recording from 60 FPS up to 120 FPS from the F55 camera. For shooting at higher frame rates, the recorder captures 2K RAW at up to 240 FPS from the F55 and F5, for playback with 10x super slow motion. 

With the recorder, 4K shooters can take advantage of RAW cache recording at 23.98p for up to approximately 30 seconds while in standby mode, an important feature in documentary or wildlife production where capturing spontaneous action is required.

The new recorder is designed for rugged field performance. A metal filter separates and seals the recorder’s ventilation shaft from the electronics to prevent the entry of dust and water. The recorder’s camera connections are more secure, with a large top bracket that accepts four widely spaced 1/4-inch screws.

AXS Memory 

The additions to the CineAlta line also include new high-performance versions of Sony’s AXS memory cards (1TB and 512 GB capacities) with sustained read and write speeds of 4.8 Gbps, and 44 minutes at 59.94p or 22 minutes at 120 FPS. The dual-slot recorder also accepts current A-series of AXS media, but the new cards are designed to support the write speeds required for 4K RAW 120 FPS recording for those who require that level of performance.

PMW-F55/F5 Firmware Version 8

The latest firmware update (Version 8) for the F55 and F5, upgrade license installed, enables support for XAVC 4K Class 480 recording at 23.98p, 24p, 25p and 29.97p. Leading third-party vendors already support XAVC 4K Class 480, for those creative professional requiring a higher data rate version of XAVC. 

“These newest additions and updates to our CineAlta platform are all the direct result of user feedback,” Porron added. “It’s no longer about simply delivering a product. It’s about delivering the right products that can grow with a customer and fit within a workflow that is constantly evolving as production requirements change.”

Planned availability is as below:

• AXS-R7 New RAW recorder: Summer 2016
• AXS-A1TS48 Media (1TB): Summer 2016
• AXS-A512S48 Media (512 GB): Summer 2016
• Firmware version 8: Summer 2016

More details will be announced at NAB.

March 1, 2016

photokina 2016: Imaging unlimited - New concept, new campaign

Photokina 2016
20 - 25 september 2016

A good eight months prior to photokina, the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging branch, the organisers present a new concept and a new campaign for the show. Under the claim of 'Imaging unlimited', photokina should continue developing into a content and solution-oriented event. "photokina stands for the unlimited possibilities of imaging. Thanks to smartphones and tablets, new target groups of image enthusiasts are arising which we want to reach with the concept", according to Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. "The concept exploits the full potential of the imaging branch and offers chances for sustained growth in the changing imaging environment." The Photoindustrie-Verband e.V., co-organiser of photokina, is just as convinced. "With the reorientation and the focus on future-related themes and strategic growth areas of the industry, we have set the course for the expansion and reinforcement of photokina as a leading international show", says Christian Müller-Rieker, managing director of the association. The concept is initially visible in the form of the new advertising campaign, which convinces with a fresh and dynamic presence. The colour world and the key visual express this with strong visuals. The new presence can already be seen online at The new advertising presence is flanked by PR measures, social media promotions and events that have already been presented in an attention-getting fashion in the city of Cologne prior to the trade fair.

Photography and filming take place everywhere and all the time these days. Anyone with a smartphone, a tablet or, of course, a camera can record his world without limits in unusual and exciting images. photokina expresses precisely this with 'Imaging unlimited' and the new key visual. The colour world in red and cyan lends the event a dynamic, fresh appearance. The two colours contrast one another and generate maximum brilliance and colour effect through this contrast. The field of tension underlines the limitlessness of the "Imaging unlimited" claim. The campaign and the claim were developed and realised by the Webguerillas agency in Cologne.

In order to communicate the new concept of photokina to a broad public and make the show a more intense experience, events in the city and at photokina, as well as new themes are planned. In live performances, in the Copter World or the Action Hall, visitors have the possibility to themselves become part of "Imaging unlimited" and try out new camera, film and photo technologies and techniques. The theme of moving images becomes an area of focus in the context of a short film festival and through cooperation with influencers from the branch, for example, AlexiBexi, familiar from YouTube. The city of Cologne will also celebrate the show with a photokina festival in the form of photo promotions, workshops and major projections.