Michael Wolf, Architecture of Density #119, 2009.
German photographer Michael Wolf examines life in the layered urban landscape, addressing public and private space, anonymity and individuality, history and modern development. From 1972-1973, he studied at the University of California at Berkeley and earned a degree in Visual Communication from the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany in 1976.
In 1994, Wolf moved to Hong Kong where he worked as a photojournalist for the German magazine Stern for 8 years. While working on his final story for the magazine, he identified the seeds of his first significant body of work, at which point he withdrew from editorial photography in order to pursue personal projects. He is best known for his pictures of Hong Kong’s highly compressed, often brutal architecture, in which he uses the city’s sky-scraping tower blocks to awe-inspiring effect, eliminating the sky and horizon line to flatten each image and turn these façades into seemingly never-ending abstractions. Wolf continues to live and work in Hong Kong.
Wolf has won first prize in the World Press Photo Award Competition twice (in 2005 & 2010) and was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize in 2010. He has published a number of books including Hong Kong Trilogy; Toyko Compression; Real Fake Art; Hong Kong Corner Houses; and The Transparent City.
Wolf’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including the Venice Biennale for Architecture; Aperture Gallery, New York; Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland; Museum for Work, Hamburg, Germany; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is held in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art; San Jose Museum of Art; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; and the German Museum for Architecture, Frankfurt.
Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Oranges on Fire, 1975.
Philip Gefter is an author and photography critic. He was on staff at The New York Times for more than fifteen years, where as page one picture editor and then senior picture editor for culture, he wrote regularly about photography. Early in his career, Gefter was a picture editor at Fortune and an Assistant Editor at Aperture. In 2010, he produced the award-winning documentary Bill Cunningham New York. The recipient of a Museum Scholar residency at the Getty Research Institute, he has recently completed a biography of curator-collector, Sam Wagstaff.
Mike Mandel grew up in Southern California's San Fernando Valley during a period of expansion and transformation of the landscape that included the appearance of billboards, strip malls, and miles of freeways. This experience informs much of his work, which questions the meaning of photographic imagery within popular culture and draws from snapshots, advertising, news photographs, and public and corporate archives.
In 1977, Mandel and Larry Sultan collaborated on the seminal photographic book Evidence, comprised of file photographs from engineering, corporate and government agencies. Over a period of twenty-five years, Mandel and Sultan designed both temporary and permanent artworks specifically for public sites. Their collaboration has been documented in a recent monograph Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel (2012).
Since the early 1990s, Mandel has worked extensively on public art projects transforming photographic imagery into large scale glass and ceramic tile mosaic murals. He has been awarded several NEA grants and a Fulbright Fellowship. This spring, he will serve as a visiting lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
Lecture by Anouk Kruitof
Thursday, February 6, 2014 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Free and open to the public.
No RSVP - Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof considers photography a starting point for her interdisciplinary and often conceptual art practice. Interviews, temporary site-specific installations and performative interactions with unknown people and places form the basis of her photographs. These photographs appear in a variety of contexts including minimal installations and tactile artist-books.
She has published seven artist books including Becoming Blue (2009), Happy Birthday to You (2011), A Head With Wings (2011) and, most recently, Pixel Stress (2013). In 2011, she won the Grand Prix Jury as well as the School of Visual Arts’ Photo Global Prize at Festival International de Mode et de Photographie à Hyères, France. In 2012, she received an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography.
Her work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Sydney and Vienna. Kruithof will be included in an upcoming two-person exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (March 14 through June 8) addressing contemporary approaches to street photography