Monday, February 12, 2018

December 7, 2017 – February 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Dec. 7, 2017 6-8pm 

Throckmorton Fine Art announces a special 20th anniversary exhibition of photographs by Guggenheim Award- winning Brazilian photographer Valdir Cruz from December 7, 2017 through February 24, 2018.

Presences, is Cruz’s seventh solo exhibition at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York City. It is a selection of vintage, gelatin silver prints from three projects: Faces of the Rainforest, The Water’s Way (O caminho das águas), and Roots (Raízes). Thus, three presences dominate this exhibition of photographs by Valdir Cruz and a show catalogue is available.

Faces of the Rainforest – People
The photographs of indigenous people in this show are drawn from six years of expeditions to remote areas of the Brazilian and Venezuelan Amazon rainforests. Cruz did not merely visit these tribes. He spent upwards of five months living with them and participating in their daily lives. The candor of these images reflects the familiar terms of their relationship. Among the human subjects chosen by Cruz is the Chief of the Wai-Wai, an Archer, a Makuxi Woman, a Man with Painted Body and Face, a Korubo Mother and Child, a Boy with a Bow and Arrow, Makuxi Youth, a Yanomami Girl Playing in a Hammock, The Hunt, and an Afternoon Ritual dance.

The Water’s Way (O caminho das águas) – Waterfalls
With the same intensity, Cruz, over many years, photographed the otherworldly waterfalls of his native state, Paraná. Lyle Rexer, in his essay for this catalog, writes, “The magnetic center of Cruz’s work is Brazil’s southern Paraná state, where the vast network of tributaries and waterfalls expunges the boundaries between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay....Water is a force, throughout this part of the world, and everything is process, not fixity. You can hear the water when you can’t see it – like the ocean. But unlike the ocean, its motion is not repetitive but one of ceaseless transit....‘Immersive’ is the word used by the critic Rubens Fernandes Junior to describe their capacity to convey a viewer to that place.”

Roots (Raízes) – Trees
The Brazilian state of São Paulo commissioned Cruz to research and photograph the extraordinary trees of the region, resulting in a collection of spectacular “portraits.” Rexer writes, “He focuses his most attentive gaze on the trunks and roots of the tallest trees. As with the waterfalls, his camera creates a second nature, with extreme viewpoints and an exaggerated sense of towering growth...The motion of the trees is all upward rather than downward, a vast defiant struggle against gravity and time....Yet these photographs of roots and ascending trunks do not arrest time but almost seem to deny it.”

Over the past three decades, Cruz has chronicled unique and ephemeral places in Brazil where the people and the landscapes create an indelible impression on the viewer. In the words of Spencer Throckmorton, “Valdir Cruz’s exquisite photography bears out Tolstoy’s observation that to be universal one only needs to talk about his own village.” The power of these images of Brazilian people, distinctive landscapes, and magnificent waterfalls opens a discussion about human societies and the environment.”

Cruz was born in Guarapuava, in the Southern State of Paraná, and while he has lived primarily in the United States for more than thirty years, much of his work in photography has focused on the people and landscapes of Brazil. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996 for Faces of the Rainforest, a project documenting the life of indigenous people in the Brazilian rainforest from 1995 to 2000 as well as additional Guggenheim support with a publication subvention award in 2000. Since 1996 he has published ten photography books.

Cruz has been honored with more than fifty solo exhibitions. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, the New York Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX., and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., among others. 

  • Valdir Cruz publications include:

  • Retratos de Afeto. São Paulo: Terra Virgem Edições, 2017

  • Guarapuava. São Paulo: Terra Virgem Edições, 2013

  • Bonito – Confins do novo mundo. São Paulo: Capivara Editora, 2010

  • Raízes – Árvores na paisagem do Estado de São Paulo. São Paulo: Imprensa Oficial, 2010

  • caminho das águas. São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2007

  • Carnaval, Salvador – Bahia – 1995/2005. New York: Throckmorton Fine Art, 2005

  • Faces da Floresta – Os Yanomami. São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2004

  • Faces of the Rainforest – The Yanomami. New York: powerHouse Books, 2002

  • Faces of the Rainforest. New York: Throckmorton Fine Art, 1997

  • Catedral Basilica de Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais. New York: Brave Wolf Publishing, 1996 

New York 1/17 to 2/24/2018

Bruno Dunley : The Mirror

Galeria Nara Roesler | New York is pleased to present The Mirror, Bruno Dunley's U.S, solo debut. The exhibition includes a selection of works developed during the artist's 2016 residency, Further on Air, in East Hampton. The works engage with the history of painting, as well as the rich art historical legacy of the East End, where the region's specific light and landscape became an inspiration for Pollock, Kline and de Kooning in the 1940s and 50s. A new monographic publication on the past decade of Dunley's production will launch on the occasion of the exhibition.
Dunley's work questions the specificity of painting, particularly in relation to representation and materiality. His canvases depart from carefully constructed compositions, gradually undergoing corrections and alterations which, at times, reveal the gaps in the apparent continuity of perception. 
One of the nominees for the 2012 edition of the Pipa Prize, Dunley (b. 1984) has featured in several solo exhibitions including: Ruído (Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo 2016); Bruno Dunley (11 Bis, Paris, France, 2012); as well as group shows including: A luz que vela o corpo é a mesma que revela a tela (CAIXA Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, 2017); 9999 (The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, New York 2017) and A Bela e a Fera (Galeria Central, São Paulo, 2017). Alongside Marina Rheingantz and Lucas Arruda, Dunley's works are part of important institutional collections in Brazil, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and the Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz.

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Rozen (Sem Fronteiras Press),  and Diana Menasché,  among others.


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