artobserved presents:

STEPHEN SHORE AT 303 GALLERY

A review by D. Creahan

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“For as much as Shore is invested in the image itself, these are works pulling at the threads of modern man, works interested in man’s slow but steady embedding into the fabric of the world around him.  As writers argue that man has entered a new era, the anthropocene, where our varied pieces of physical evidence and impacts on the environment are entering the geological record, Shore takes a moment to examine the points of crossover, the moments when a cast-off bag or discarded cigarette begins its slow fade into the earth, and into its physical archive.”

To read the full review:
www.artobserved.com

The New York Review of Books presents:

Stephen Shore, Seer of the Everyday

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by Gideon Jacobs

“Shore has had a half-century-long preoccupation with the difference between the way we see the world when we move through it, and the way we see it in images. His hope, he has often said, is to make photographs that look “natural.” For Shore, this means an erasure of mediation, a lightening of his hand in the creation of an image. Writer Lynne Tillman called it Shore’s attempt at “willed objectivity.” Photographer Joel Sternfeld described it as Shore’s “Zen-like, awakened unconsciousness.” Shore simply says he wants his photographs to “feel like seeing.”’

To read more:
www.nybooks.com

MoMA Presents:

Stephen Shore | HOW TO SEE the photographer with Stephen Shore

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“Whenever I find I repeat myself, I look ahead in a new direction.” — Stephen Shore Photographer Stephen Shore wants his pictures to feel as natural as speaking. In this gallery tour, Shore reflects on his six-decade long career—from his early work taking pictures in Andy Warhol’s Factory to road trips across America.

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4Columns Presents:

Stephen Shore

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Unmade beds, Warhol’s Factory, the open road: the Museum of Modern Art hosts a retrospective of the prolific photographer.

by Lynne Tillman

“Retrospectives can be strange events for artists. Some don’t want one, fearing it might prematurely close the book on their work. At seventy, Stephen Shore is adding pages to his—Instagram and iPhone pictures. His need for discovery, novel experiences, drives his work—him, really. His concentration on a subject is intense, single-minded, like his spending three years fly-fishing. It is easier to understand the pursuit of pictures than fly-fishing, from my point of view.”

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To read the full article:
www.4columns.org

GARAGE – VICE presents

The Five New York Exhibitions We’re Most Looking Forward To This Winter

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Overlapping with Shore’s triumphant MoMA retrospective, 303 will this month present their sixth solo show by the influential photographer, whose mastery of an offbeat (and peculiarly American) aesthetic, and continued pursuit of new image-making and distribution technologies, have kept him center stage. Shot exclusively with the Hasselblad X1D, a digital camera that combines a touchscreen interface with ultra-high resolution, Shore’s new large-scale shots have an even more prosaic aesthetic than usual, focusing on street detritus to evocative effect.

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Stephen Shore
303 Gallery
January 11–February 17

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www.garage.vice.com

 

AVA360 presents:

Stephen Shore
AT THE MUSEUM

EPISODE 8

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Photographer Stephen Shore visits an in-progress installation of his first full career survey exhibition in New York. Chief Curator of Photography Quentin Bajac asks Shore’s opinion on finishing touches of the show.  See what it takes to run a modern museum in our new documentary series, “At the Museum.”

To see the full episode:
www.news.ava360.com

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303 Gallery announces:

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303 Gallery is pleased to announce our sixth exhibition of new work by Stephen Shore.

Always curious to investigate new forms of image-making, Shore has enthusiastically embraced and adapted to the era of digital photography. His series of print-on-demand books from the early 2000s created elliptical narratives from seemingly offhand snaps of casual events, and used the genre of travel photography to both critique and construct history. The advent of the iPhone has allowed Shore to continue his cataloguing of the everyday through his Instagram feed. In early 2017, Shore discovered a new tool: the Hasselblad X1D, a digital camera using an iPhone-like touchscreen interface, but with a resolution equal to or even greater than what he was able to achieve with his typical 8×10 view camera setup.

The photographs in his exhibition at 303 Gallery are shot exclusively with the X1D, and focus on a new kind of landscape, as found in arrangements of natural phenomena and street detritus to create distinctly happenstance harmonies. Whether capturing a boulder peeking out of a sea of rippling water or deflated balloons loitering outside an exhaust grate, Shore’s keen eye for color, composition and light reveals the strange cosmic congruity of seemingly foreign and unrelated elements. In Shore’s New York, a stray branch floating on a sidewalk under a wall of navy blue bricks seems to suggest an entirely hidden world of phenomena; while a cigarette, a straw, and a leaf balanced on untended asphalt has the expressionist power of an early Kandinsky. Discovering his new camera’s ability to bring these intimate details into macro focus and print them into sharp, large-scale photographs, the intuitive and resolute constancy of Shore’s search for pictorial possibilities is obvious. An experimenter with a firm grasp of formality, Shore has produced work over the past fifty years that is a benchmark of photography’s potential.

For more information:
www.303gallery.com

 

Lens Culture presents:

Artifacts from the Now:
Stephen Shore’s MoMA Retrospective

 

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Exhibition review by Lev Feigin

“For American photography, one of the most important explorers of the ordinary came of age during this artistic era: Stephen Shore. His commanding ten-room retrospective, now on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, presents hundreds of images of the commonplace captured by the photographer over the course of more than fifty years. The survey follows the chronological trajectory of Shore’s career, beginning with his apprenticeship at Warhol’s Factory in the mid-60s and ending with his recent trips to Ukraine and Israel. Each room is dedicated to a different creative phase of the artist, who considers a photograph “a problem to be solved.”

Curated by MoMA’s Quentin Bajac, the exhibition grounds Shore’s work in the artistic movements of the milieu that impacted the young photographer while he worked at the Factory. In the first rooms, the survey presents over thirty of Shore’s black and whites of the Factory’s habitués, from Lou Reed and Nico to Marcel Duchamp, as well as Shore’s experimental serial images from the late ’60s, which take a sledgehammer to the conventions of art photography.”

To read the full review:
www.lensculture.com

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L’Oeil de la Photographie presents:

Stephen Shore exhibition at MoMA:
Lingering among Treasures

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HUGO FORTIN
DECEMBER 13, 2017

“There are names in the history of photography which function as markers of a school of thought, and Stephen Shore is one of them. We know only too well his contribution as a pioneer of color photography and a poet of the banal. Often, when concerning major photographers, monographic exhibitions confuse biographic account and historiographic narrative. It is difficult to take a new look at work when it has been so digested, copied, interpreted, and put through the mill by critique and analysis. The exhibition Stephen Shore at the Museum of Modern Art in New York seems to have avoided this pitfall, and its curator, Quentin Bajac, has succeeded beautifully in sponging off the cliché from the work of Stephen Shore just as we though it was almost fossilized.”

To read the full review:
www.loeildelaphotographie.com

 

The New Yorker presents:

Stephen Shore’s Offbeat Sublimities

An immersive and staggeringly charming retrospective of the photographer’s work showcases his easeful acceptance of the world.

By Peter Schjeldahl

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“Stephen Shore, the subject of an immersive and staggeringly charming retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, is my favorite American photographer of the past half century. This is not purely a judgment of quality. Shore has peers in a generation that, in the nineteen-seventies, stormed to eminence with color film, which art photographers had long disdained, and, often, with a detached scrutiny of suburban sprawl, woebegone towns, touristed nature, cars (always cars), and other familiar and banal, accidentally beautiful, cross-country phenomena. The closest to Shore, in a cohort that includes Joel Meyerowitz, Joel Sternfeld, and Richard Misrach, is his friend William Eggleston, the raffish Southern aristocrat who has made pictures unbeatably intense and iconic: epiphanies triggered by the hues and textures of a stranded tricycle, say, or of a faded billboard in a scrubby field. While similarly alert to offbeat sublimities, Shore is a New Yorker more receptive than marauding in attitude. I fancy that Eggleston is the cavalier Mephistopheles of American color photography, and Shore the discreet angel Gabriel.”

To read the full article:
www.newyorker.com

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