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Gallery Invitation
Gallery Invitation / Opening October 1st

Galerie Karsten Greve is delighted to present This Shimmering World, a solo exhibition featuring new work by American photographer Thomas Brummett. Works from the RIVER and HALOS series, created in 2020 and 2021 and part of Rethinking the Natural, Brummett’s “project of a lifetime,” will be on show. In his photography series, Thomas Brummett not only explores natural phenomena but also manifestations of the cosmos in many different ways. All his images are contemplative and profound in character, created through quiet attention and intensive observation of his current surroundings. They are based on a rendering of a vital microcosm reflected in the macrocosm of his pictures: “One constant in my work would be looking at things very closely or over long periods of time. “These images are my meditations and are a constant through my life’s work,” says Thomas Brummett.

The influence of traditions from the Far East combined with modern natural science is just as clearly evident in his works as is the spiritual and artistic examination of nature and one’s own existence. He uses the camera as a tool, as a research instrument and mediator between the inner and outer worlds, microcosm and macrocosm, close-up and long-distance view, human being and cosmos. The River series addresses the endless movement of a river in which the world at the edge of the bank is reflected in different ways. Consisting almost exclusively of abstract organic patterns, the images appear as if they were abstract drawings when looked at from a distance. Up close, you can see the reflections in the river, which, to Thomas Brummett, seem like “portals into a reversed other world “.

His Halos series is dedicated to the light effects of atmospheric optics, known as halo phenomena. Halos are created by refraction and reflection of light, similar to rainbows. Thomas Brummett’s Halos pictures show this interaction of light and nature. They are light images exuding an almost mystical atmosphere and poetic beauty. The artist sublimates his many years of exploring the perception and reproduction of the phenomenon of light in its various forms. For him, light not only means physical light but also spiritual light, whose “shimmering,” almost magical quality, fed from an infinite source, invites the viewer to contemplatively approach his idea of “true Seeing.” 

A true genius and beloved educator at Cranbrook.  Carl was one of the first to work with Xerox Machines. He believed the copy machine to be yet another type of instant camera. He created an entirely new vocabulary in the tradition of the photographic collage that has yet to be equaled.  Everyone who studied under Carl walked away changed for the better. (His legendary lectures could go for six hours!) Carl has influenced an entire generation of great artists and photographers.

“A major goal of my work has been to incorporate aspects of photographic process or or phenomena as a central part of its meaning/structure. These self-reflexive elements provide a counterpoint to the connections of unmediated transcription of reality that we associate with photographic depiction”.

Artist statement by Carl via Carl Toth Monograph published by Cranbrook.

There is still a monograph available with a forward by Donald Kuspit titled: “The Epistemophilic Instinct in Carl Toth’s Photographs.”

Carl Toth’s artis included in collections at museums and centers including the Museum of Modern Art, The International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, The Center for Creative Photography and The Art Institute of Chicago. Toth is the recipient of three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Carl Toth passed away on August 20th, 2022

He will be sadly missed by hundreds of his students…

The Xerographic Collages of Carl Toth

Honored to to have my work in a lovely group exhibition with some amazing artists titled: “Embodied Landscape”

at GALERIE KARSTEN GREVE PARIS CÔTÉ RUE showing Gideon Rubin, Georgia Russell, Sergio Vega, Lawrence Carroll, Ma Jun and Thomas Brummett
January 26 – February 27. 2019

https://www.galerie-karsten-greve.com/en

4 works available in the Exhibition can be seen here:

https://www.studio-4a.com/-/ttrdp/fine-art-prints/the-murmur-of-a-thousand-suns

Mille Solis #1

Edition 1/3, Signature on Recto (bottom and in white oil paint)
New Work
38.36 x 26.36 in. // 97,4 x 66.95 cm (photograph only)
Frame : 130,25 x 99 cm
Silver Gelatin Print
Also 35 X52.5″ / 89x133cm


Detail

My favorite shows at the Met have been when the curators mix the old and new, the classical and the modern and the high and the low.  The Met sculpture exhibition Is astounding and for this exhibition it takes a village of curators.  Run don’t walk to see this show:

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and The Body (1300–Now)  is one of the best shows this year and every piece is a knock out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curator Credits:

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now) is curated by Luke Syson, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Sheena Wagstaff, Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art, both at The Met, with Brinda Kumar, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met, and Emerson Bowyer, Searle Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, with the assistance of Elyse Nelson, Research Associate, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Met.

https://www.metmuseum.org/press/exhibitions/2018/like-life

This is the first known painting by Michelangelo, described by his earliest biographers and believed to have been painted when he was twelve or thirteen years old!!!

https://www.kimbellart.org/collection-object/torment-saint-anthony

 
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Italian (1475–1564)
15th century
1487 / Tempera on panel
18 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (47 x 34.9 cm) Framed: 27 x 22 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (68.6 x 56.8 x 5.7 cm)

 

Michelangelo’s First Painting at age 13