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The Polaroid Project: At The Intersection of Art and Technology

Amon Carter Museum of American Art 

Fort Worth, Texas 

 

June - September, 2017

Organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration 

with the MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA, and the WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna. Exhibition will travel. 

 

 Visit the exhibition website for more information.

 

Accompanying book The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology (William A. Ewing and Barbara Hitchcock, Editors) is available for sale.

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Group Exhibition: The Kindness of Friends

WEATHERSPOON ART MUSEUM 

GREENSBORO, NC

 

October 6, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Book Review: Evocations

Evocations by Carl Chiarenza

Photographing Abstract Collages

 

Except from book review published on Berkshire Fine Arts:

 

"Even though Evocations was published some fourteen years ago it is fresh, stunning, and remarkable. The inscription of to a gonzo from a gonzo (paraphrased) was deeply moving.

 

"It has encouraged me to think in what sense we share the sobriquet of gonzology.

 

"On many levels I have regarded [Chiarenza] as a rock-steady, grounding influence on my own peripatetic, far flung, disorienting odyssey of a life in the arts. There has always been something  reassuring about his paternalistic scolding, when called for, and mentoring encouragement to follow my own muse."

 

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Group Exhibition: Hunter/Gatherer

Hunter/Gatherer

Rochester Connections: Works from the Gerald Mead Collection 

 

4 November 2016 – 20 November 2016

 

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Rochester Institute of Technology

100 College Avenue

(Downtown near Village Gate)

Rochester, New York 14607

 

This survey exhibition consists of over 40 artworks in all media by Western New York artists selected from the substantial art collection of Gerald Mead, and focuses on artists with current and historical ties to the Rochester community, whether current residents or with connections to RIT, Visual Studies Workshop, the George Eastman Museum, Nazareth College and more. The selection of work is a testament to Mead’s extensive passion for the art communities of Western New York, and to Rochester’s place within it. 

 

 

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Group Exhibition: Politics As Usual

"Politics As Usual"

 

22 June 2016 – 5 February 2017

 

ACKLAND ART MUSEUM

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

101 S. Columbia Street

 

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 

A series of three small-scale exhibitions using works from the Ackland’s permanent collection, Politics As Usual examines ways in which artists engage with the power structures of their times. Whether their stance is documentary, activist, or revisionist, the artists included demonstrate that concerns of the political have long been, and continue to be, fertile ground for art making. 

 

Work from Chiarenza's "Peace Warriors" series is featured in this group exhibition.

 

 

 

 

Exhibition: Selected Works

"Selected Works"

 

May 25 – July 2, 2016

 

Alan Klotz Gallery

740 West End Avenue, Suite 52 | New York, NY 10025

 

Carl Chiarenza is a photographic renaissance man. He is first and foremost a terrifically inventive, and endlessly curious maker of photographic images. Garry Winogrand was fond of saying, when asked why he shot a particular scene, that "I wanted to see what that looked like photographed". There's a lot packed into that little zinger, about photography, representation, transformation, and the object that is the resulting photograph. Although it isn't always obvious, Carl is really a concrete kind of guy. He makes, and works from collages that he constructs from this and that, sometimes literally from garbage, and torn scraps. The act of photographing these collages, stimulates the artist's mind, first, while constructing them, then, while transforming them into a new object, the photograph, which refers grudgingly back to the objects of which they are reflections, (Chiarenza says he does not keep the collages. He throws them away... ashes to ashes, as it were), but now they are something else, something "other". They have become vessels containing wonder, and mystery. Einstein said, "One of the most beautiful things we can experience is the mysterious,.... It is the source of all true science and art. He who can no longer pause to wonder is as good as dead." Chiarenza doesn't just pause there... he lives there!  

 

 

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Group Exhibition: Look Inside

"Look Inside"

 

New Photography Acquisitions

February 9 – May 29, 2016

 

The Harry Ransom Center's photography collection is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive, and it is continually growing. Look Inside introduces nearly 200 of the Center's newest acquisitions, tracing photography from its unprecedented post-war expansion to its central position in contemporary art.

 

Look Inside features groundbreaking photographs by Carl Chiarenza, Thomas F. Barrow, Lee Friedlander, Betty Hahn, and Robert F. Heinecken, contemporary investigations into the medium by Marco Breuer, John Chiara, Alison Rossiter, and Penelope Umbrico, and extended documentary projects by Alejandro Cartagena, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Louie Palu, and Alec Soth.

 

 

 

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Group Exhibition: Attachment

"Attachment"

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Main Level, East Gallery

 

August 28 through December 12, 2015

President's Office

 

Attachment is a thematic collaboration among KAM curators and draws from most areas of the museum’s permanent collection along with a selective number of loans. Organized under five themes—appendages, supports, shadow bodies, accumulations, and refusals—the exhibition examines critical scenes of attachment to encompass material, affective, bodily, psychoanalytic, cultural, political, and institutional frames of reference.

 

Exhibiting artists include: Berenice Abbott, Conrad Bakker, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Ray Charles, Carl Chiarenza, Willie Cole, Isabelle Cornaro, Walker Evans, Vernon Fisher, Frank Gallo, Jess, Vera Klement, Annette Lemieux, Danny Lyon, Bea Nettles, Melissa Pokorny, Fritz Scholder, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Hedda Sterne, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, and Purvis Young; along with selections from the museum’s African, Asian, ancient Peruvian, and decorative arts collections, including Marcel Proust’s 18th-century settee.

 

http://kam.illinois.edu/exhibitions/current/attachment.html


 

 

Group Exhibition: Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State Univeristy

President's Office

 

Fitchburg, MA 21420

 

A selection of 40 photographs from the Fitchburg Art Museum collection, including four by Chiarenza. The exhibition will focus mainly on work by photographers and teachers closely connected to New England.










Solo Exhibition: "Large Scale Prints" at ArtisanWORKS

September 4, 2015 - January 2, 2016

 

Opening Reception: September 4, 2015, 6 to 9 PM

 

ArtisanWORKS

 

565 Blossom Road

Rochester, NY 14610

 

585-288-7170

 

www.artisanworks.com 


 

 

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Lecture: Sixty Plus Years of Involvement with Photography

September 3, 2015, 6pm

 

George Eastman House

 

900 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

585-271-3361

 

Chiarenza will lecture on the subject of the master's involvement in the field of photography over a 60+ year career.

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Solo Exhibition - Gleason Library, University of Rochester

May 2015 - March 2016


Seven large-format photographs from the 1990s will be on display in a solo exhibition at the University of Rochester's Gleason Library Gallery.



2014 Holidays Retrospective

Spectrum Gallery @ Lumière Photo

100 College Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607


December 4 - 31, 2014


Spectrum Gallery is offering a Holiday Season Retrospective of its 2014 exhibitions: 36 pieces including paintings, mono-prints, digital and silver-halide prints in color and black and white by ten artists:


Patrick Cain, Carl Chiarenza, William DuBois, William Edwards, Stephan Gersh, Alice Gold, Steve Malloy-Desormeaux, Lana Pejovic, Sabra Richards, and Alan Singer. 

The Oppositie of Concrete

Main Street Arts

20 West Main Street
Clifton Springs, NY 14432


Exhibition Dates: September 6–November 1, 2014

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Thursday, 11a.m.–6p.m. and Friday/Saturday, 11a.m.–7p.m.

 

An exhibition examining abstraction from 5 different points of view. Paintings and photographs by Carl Chiarenza, Karen Sardisco, Sarah Sutton, Patricia Wilder, and Bradley Butler (gallery director at Main Street Arts).

More information at: www.mainstreetartsgallery.com

“Where You and Image Blend”: On Learning from Minor White

by Carl Chiarenza | October 13, 2014

He was no ordinary teacher. Photographer Carl Chiarenza—whose work is on view in the exhibition Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit—reflects on the experience of being White’s student about 60 years ago.


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CHIARENZA ON MINOR WHITE

Shutterbug Article on Carl Chiarenza

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Makers & Mentors

New and recent collages, paintings and photographs by Carl Chiarenza, Lisa Bradley, Bruno Chalifour, David W. Haas

February 6 – March 16, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday February 6, 6-9pm

Artists’ Talk: Saturday, February 8 @ 1pm

First Fridays: February 7 & March 7, 6-10pm

http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/

 

Rochester Contemporary Art Center is pleased to announce Makers & Mentors, a new exhibition celebrating the artwork and influence of one of the region’s most well-known and accomplished artists: Carl Chiarenza. In addition to his successful career as an exhibiting artist, Chiarenza taught Art History and has mentored many other artists. Joining Chiarenza in Makers & Mentors are three accomplished artists who have been influenced by Chiarenza in different ways: Lisa Bradley (New York), Bruno Chalifour (Rochester), David Haas (Allentown, PA).

 

The exhibition will premier Chiarenza’s new series of one-of-a-kind collages. In a generous statement of support for RoCo, Chiarenza will offer his new works at reduced prices and all proceeds will benefit The Future Fund, The Art Center’s first-ever Capital Campaign.

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Review of Chiarenza's Latest Works: One-of-a-kind Collages

by Charles Giuliano

Berkshire Fine Arts

January 9, 2014

 

Excerpt:

 

"[Chiarenza's] approach to making art has been as austere, acerbic, abstract and minimalist as his understated, wry and whimsical persona... That might be the open sesame approach to decoding the work and this latest body of abstract collages with cubist elements. There are titles that refer to giants of both jazz and classical music from Basie and Dizzy to Bach and Stravinsky...

 

"Given the titles one might look long and hard to unlock the connection other than a whimsical reference. It is better than "Untitled" but not really more helpful. Just what is it about Dizzy that makes it Dizzy-like? Just what is Dizziness in purely graphic and pictorial terms? One reflects on Kandinsky who gave musical terms to his abstract compositions and found equivalence between musical scales and their chromatic colors.

 

"Once again the work is as daunting as approaching the enigma of the man itself. One can never really know but it is challenging to chip away at his daunting, generic block of marble. Like the neo Platonism of Michelangelo we strive to liberate the tormented figure embedded in the stone...

 

"What I find and relate to in the work is an epic inner struggle. The images evoke a prison of the soul and psyche from which we are never truly liberated. But the effort forms the detritus of great art."

 

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Review of RoCo Makers & Mentors Exhibit

Photo master Carl Chiarenza has exhibit at RoCo

Democrat & Chronicle, March 2, 2014

by Lisa Tiffin

 

Excerpt:

"'What’s most special about his work is that it is distinctive,' says Memorial Art Gallery director Grant Holcomb. 'When you see a Chiarenza, you immediately know it.'"

 

"These new collages are currently featured in Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s Makers & Mentors show. 'Our mission is to show works not seen in Rochester before,' says Bleu Cease, director of RoCo.

 

"Cease adds that each year the show features a significant, regional, late-career artists along with artwork from people whom the artist has impacted in some way.

 

"'There’s an integrity and a poetry to Chiarenza’s work, and it comes out in the other artists,' Holcomb says.

 

"As for his take on it, Chiarenza explains, 'I started doing this for myself and my friends. I was fortunate that people responded and connected.'”

 

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Review of RoCo Makers & Mentors Exhibit

Carl Chiarenza, March 6, 2014

by Jonathan Everitt

 

Excerpt:

"A photograph of you is not you. It is, in fact, an illusion. That simple viewpoint is perhaps the cornerstone of famed photographer Carl Chiarenza's body of work—and his role as a mentor to other artists.

 

"'It's not unreasonable for people who are interested in photography to accept what has been broadcast since the 1830s, which is that the photograph captures reality, actuality,' Carl says. 'From my point of view, it never did that. Every photograph is an abstraction.'"

 

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Transmutations

"Transmutations: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza"

November 11 through December 19, 2013

 

Weeks Gallery

Jamestown Community College

525 Falconer Street, Jamestown NY 14701

(located on the second floor of the Arts and Sciences Center on JCC’s Jamestown Campus)

 

This exhibition chronicles the evolution of the artist’s photography, exploring how his tightly framed, documentary-style images from the 1960s and 70s present a vocabulary of abstraction that would be further developed in his ongoing series of photographed collages, he started in the 1979, constructed from scrap materials. The exhibition will also chart Chiarenza’s move from working primarily with single photographs to the production of sequential images in order to expand on concepts of photographic time and space.

 

This exhibition is organized and curated by Buffalo-based artist and photography historian Robert Hirsch www.lightresearch.net

 

The exhibition, lecture and reception are made possible by support from JCC, JCC Faculty Student Association, the Katherine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities and the JCC Foundation. 


Write up by on Transmutations Exhibit by Patricia Briggs, director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at The Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College in New York State.

LACMA: See the Light – Photography, Perception, Cognition

The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Resnick Pavillion

 

October 23, 2013 - March 23, 2014

Opening Reception: October 23, 2013

© Eileen Cowin
© Eileen Cowin

2nd Annual DC Fine Art Photography Fair

Alan Klotz Gallery - Exhibitin of Represented Artists 

October 5-6, 2013, Room 108

 

We will be exhibiting our usual mix of vintage and contemporary photographs, just take a look for yourself...

 

Saturday at 11am Alan will be moderating a panel "On Collecting Photography, Advice from the Experts" with Sarah Kennel, Associate Photography Curator of the National Gallery, and two private DC area collectors. We encourage you to join discussion as it is free and open to the public.

"Wrinkles in Time"

ART REVIEW: "Transmutations: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza

 

by Rebecca Rafferty

 

"Chiarenza's images are rife with stark chiaroscuro and a rich scale of silvers set against a void, hinting at moonscapes or landscapes painted by moonlight. What the artist accomplishes by catching light in the crinkles and folds of layered cast-off materials is astounding."

 

"Though renowned photographer Carl Chiarenza creates abstract works that are purposefully open to viewers' interpretations, the crystallized emotional experience of the artist is present in his works and resonates powerfully within each image."

 

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A Life in Pictures: Four Photography Collections

Aug 30, 2013 - Jan 19, 2014

 

New Mexico Museum of Art

Roland Gallery

107 West Palace Avenue

Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

An inventive artist who has consistently pushed the boundaries of photography, Joyce Neimanas has also been influential as a teacher, primarily at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and more recently at the University of New Mexico. At the forefront in adopting digital photography, she is also known for addressing women’s issues in her work, particularly sexuality and aging. This rich and varied career is represented at the museum in one of the foremost collections of Neimanas’ prints, ranging in date from 1976 to 2009.

 

Illuminating that body of work is a selection from her personal collection of prints, photographs, sculpture, and mixed-media pieces by family, friends, colleagues, and students, which she donated in 2010-2012. These works reflect the artist’s appetite for adventurous work and unusual materials as well as offering a glimpse of her interconnections with a broad community of artists including Patty Carroll,

Carl Chiarenza, Andrew Crooks, Robert Heinecken, and Floris Neusüss, among others.

 

Two additional pieces from this collection are on view in the adjacent exhibition, Collecting is Is Curiosity/Inquiry.

Transmutations: Spectrum Gallery / Axom Gallery

September 7 – October 12, 2013

Concurrent Artist Receptions: September 7, from 5 - 8 PM

 

Spectrum Gallery

100 College Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

t 585.461.4447

www.lumierephoto.com

 

AXOM Gallery

176 Anderson Avenue, Suite 303

Rochester, NY 14607

t 585.232.6030 x 23

www.axomgallery.com

 

Spectrum Gallery and AXOM Gallery are pleased to present this dual exhibition of photographic works by master photographer Carl Chiarenza. These critically acclaimed black and white images will be on display at Spectrum and AXOM Galleries both located in the Neighborhood of the Arts.

 

This dual exhibition is a celebration of Carl’s 78th birthday, born September 5th 1935 he is referring to this show as his “Home-Boy Birthday Celebration”. In the spirit of this celebration, Chiarenza is offering a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to purchase his work at half off gallery pricing for the month of September.

 

 

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Photographs Off the Wall Folios, Chapbooks and Keepsakes

Center for Photographic Art

May 4 - June 22, 2013

San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue
Carmel, CA, 93921
(831) 625-5181


Curator: Brooks Jensen

 

This exhibition consists of nineteen different folios including collections by David Grant Best, Carl Chiarenza, Chuck Davis, Mitch Dobrowner, Robert Hecht, Brooks Jensen, Kim Kauffman, Chuck Kimmerle, Don Kirby, Stu Levy, Harold Ross, Camille Seaman, Mark Singles, Hans Strand, Peter Tonningsen, and Huntington Witherill. Also incorporated in the exhibition are several chapbooks for hands-on viewing. In addition, many unique keepsakes will be displayed. Beyond enjoying the art of photography, this exhibition is aimed at inspiring new ways to consider when presenting photographs.


Not every photographic project or image needs to be presented on the wall.“In fact,”says Brooks Jensen, editor of LensWork and curator of this exhibition,“I often wonder if weʼd see this presentation nearly so often if Alfred Stieglitz hadnʼt copied the gallery presentation of paintings. Stieglitz hoped to increase photographyʼs stature in the art world in those early days by mimicking the use of frames and the gallery wall. If, however, we decide to look for alternatives and break from framed prints on the wall, we find a world of creative possibilities.”

In this exhibition, we present samples of folios, chapbooks, and keepsakes from the LensWork Special Editions collection and from Brooks Jensenʼs personal work. Working with the photographers theyʼve published in LensWork, the editors  collaborate with photographers in the spirit of the Ansel Adams Special Editions to present work produced under the approval of the artists, but not as artist-made original artwork. This allows the LensWork Special Editions to maintain the highest form of reproduction and image fidelity but at an affordable,“real people”pricing structure. LensWork has been producing Special Editions since 1998 and worked with dozens of photographers to bring their vision to within affordable reach of people who love fine art photography.

Jude Peterson Collection

Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, Spring 2013

 

A group exhibition featuring the work of Carl Chiarenza among an historic collection of photographic works.

 

 

Transmutation: Photographic Works By Carl Chiarenza

Anderson Gallery University at Buffalo

One Martha Jackson Place Buffalo, NY 14214

November 17, 2012 - February 26, 2013

Transmutation: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza will chronicle the evolution of the artist’s photography, exploring how his tightly framed, documentary-style images from the 1960s and 70s present a vocabulary of abstraction that would be further developed in his ongoing series of photographed collages, started in the 1979, constructed from scrap materials. The exhibition will also chart Chiarenza’s move from working primarily with single photographs to the production of sequential images in order to expand on concepts of photographic time and space.

 

Curated by Buffalo-based artist and photography historian Robert Hirsch. 

A catalog with reproductions of images and text accompanies the exhibition. This catalog is available for $20.00 from the Anderson Gallery, University at Buffalo.

Chiarenza Interviewed by Robert Hirsch

Robert Hirsch, "Carl Chiarenza: Transmutation; Turning Detritus into Splendor," Phototechnique Magazine, Nov. - Dec., 2012, pp. 4-7.

 

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Remembering Gary Metz

Carl Chiarenza, "Remembering Gary Metz," pp. 93-100; and "Carl Chiarenza, in Conversation with Gary Metz, July 1, 1994, Amherst, MA," pp. 117-123, in:

Salvatore Mancini and Alan Metnick, eds., Quaking Aspen: A Lyric Complaint, Photographs by Gary Metz; 1st edition, Shadow Imaging, 2012. 


Picturing Modernity: Photographs from the Permanent Collection

Forthcoming Solo Exhibition

Anderson Gallery, University of Buffalo

November 2012 - February 2013

 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog with text by Robert Hirsch.

New Photography Acquisitions

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

Group Exhibition

 

March 10 - June 24, 2012

Juror, ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONS

PhotoPlace Gallery

Middlebury, Vermont

 

From over 1400 photographs submitted, juror Carl Chiarenza chose forty photographs for the gallery exhibition, plus an additional thirty-five photographs for display in the "Online Gallery Annex: on the PhotoPlace Gallery website. All selected works will be reproduced in a full-color exhibition catalog available for purchase from Blurb Books.