Art Gallery of Alberta

Touring Exhibitions

KOSHASHIN: The Hall Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Japan

Available 2012 and 2013

In the decades following the invention of photography, European photographers traveled the world, documenting cultures and landscapes with a realism previously unknown. Employing cumbersome large format cameras and delicate paper and glass plate negatives, these intrepid photographers were able to capture rare images of the last years of Edo period Japan and the very first images of the new Meiji era. This time in Japan, the years between 1852 and 1868 and were ones of great political and cultural transformation, marking the end of shogunate rule and the country’s re-opening to the West.

KOSHASHIN (“period photographs”) reveals this remarkable period in history when both Western and Japanese photographers including Felice Beato, Raimund von Stillfried, Uchida Kuichi and Kusakabe Kimbei, developed a distinctive style of image-making. While the earliest photographs were documentary in nature, photography in Japan soon became a commercial enterprise. Photographs were produced for local sale, but also for the growing tourism and international trade market, and artists who once earned their living in the studios of Ukiyo-e painters and printmakers, now hand-coloured these new black and white photographs. Some photographers followed the conventions and subject matter of the famed Ukiyo-e printmakers, depicting courtesans, actors and scenes of entertainment, while others tried to capture the changing face of the country.

The over 230 works in this exhibition date from the early 1860s to the late 1890s, and are on loan from The Hall Collection in Edmonton, one of the largest collections of these images in the world.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by British photography historian and author Terry Bennett and includes 103 full colour plates. ISBN: 978-0-88950-151-5.

For booking information, contact info@youraga.ca.

Showing at:

Mendel Art Gallery
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
January 21-April 2, 2011

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
February – May 2013

 

Image credits (click to view)

 

Smiling Geisha, n.d.
Hand coloured photograph
Photographer unknown
From the Hall Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Japan

Ichinose Bridge over Nakashima River c.1860
Photographer, Filice Beato
From the Hall Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Japan

View of Eiyama Tokaido Road, c.1860
Photographer, Filice Beato
From the Hall Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Japan


POLAROIDS

 

POLAROIDS: ATTILA RICHARD LUKACS and MICHAEL MORRIS

Available 2012 and 2013

POLAROIDS: Attila Richard Lukacs and Michael Morris showcases over 3,000 Polaroid photographs produced by Vancouver painter Attila Richard Lukacs over the past twenty years as studies for his large-scale paintings. The works convey how Lukacs’ painterly sensibility is translated to photography, in the rich hues, deep chiaroscuro and romantic sensuality of the images. They also display his ongoing and intense study of the male subject and reveal the complex associations of sexuality, power and masculinity that are embodied in his work.

In a unique artistic collaboration, the Polaroids were selected and assembled by Vancouver artist Michael Morris, whose own practice is rooted in processes of compiling, archiving and recording. Over the last two years, Morris has culled through the many thousands of Lukacs’ Polaroids to create 250 framed grids of 12 images each.

A large publication produced in partnership by Arsenal Pulp Press, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Presentation House Galleryand, and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art + Design will be available in late summer 2010. The publication features texts by Stan Persky, Michael Turner and Scott Watson and an interview with Attila Richard Lukacs by Vince Aletti, and over 100 full-colour reproductions of the gridded POLAROID sheets.

For booking information, contact info@youraga.ca.

Showing at:

Museum London
London, Ontario
July 14-October 12, 2012

 

Image credits (click to view)

 

Attila Richard Lukacs
Archer, n.d.
12 Polaroid photographs
Courtesy of the Artist

Attila Richard Lukacs
St. Gerome, n.d.
12 Polaroid photographs
Courtesy of the Artist

Attila Richard Lukacs
Alex with Scull, n.d.
12 Polaroid photographs
Courtesy of the Artist

Attila Richard Lukacs
Bad Dog, n.d.
12 Polaroid photographs
Courtesy of the Artist