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Contributed by Ron Jude on 04/22/2013
Professor Ron Jude currently has photographic work on view in Off The Grid, an exhibition running through May 4th at Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica. His work will also be on view April 26 - 28th at Paris Photo Los Angeles at Paramount Studios.
Paris Photo was created in 1996 and is the most prestigious art fair dedicated to historical and contemporary photography. This fair takes place annually at the Grand Palais in Paris mid-November and at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles at the end of April. Over the past 16 years, Paris Photo has become a significant event for collectors of contemporary and modern art, photography professionals, artists, as well as for an ever-growing audience of art appreciators. Each edition is unique and brings together a distinguished selection of exhibitors with diverse collections focused on the photographic medium. A public program is also an important component of the fairs which is built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions.
Gallery Luisotti is pleased to present a selection of photographs focusing on three visually distinct yet thematically coherent aspects of the gallery’s program: conceptual developments in California photography during the 1970s, postwar reexamination of the European landscape, and contemporary counterparts whose work continually question the role photography plays in critically evaluating our social landscape. The gallery is extremely pleased to be able to present vintage Ektacolor prints from John Divola’s seminal series, Zuma, alongside several exceptional Prototype prints by Lewis Baltz and two rare photograms by Barbara Kasten; three formative Southern California practitioners whose work combined Minimalist aesthetics with concerns rooted in Conceptualism. The works of Joachim Brohm, Simone Nieweg, Heinrich Riebesehl, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, and Wilhelm Schürmann collectively present a portrait of post-World War II Europe examined in the same clinical manner and with the same critical eye as their American contemporaries from the New Topographics. Ron Jude, Mark Ruwedel, and Catherine Wagner, whose contemporary work is rooted in investigating the ‘man-altered landscape,” offer examples of how our relationship to images has changed as photography’s role has continually expanded.