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Bellagio Fine Art Gallery in Las Vegas Presents Ansel Adams  
Written by Fotomall Staff  
Monday, 10 July 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 23, 2006

THE BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART PRESENTS

ANSEL ADAMS: AMERICA

TO OPEN MAY 3, 2006

LAS VEGAS – The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art announced today plans to present an exhibition featuring nearly 50 masterworks by American photography's most recognized and beloved figure, Ansel Adams. The exhibition entitled Ansel Adams: America, which will be on view May 3, 2006 to May 6, 2007, will include an impressive collection of legendary artworks based on a selection personally chosen by Adams before his death, which he considered among the most important and iconic images of his epic career. Among these: Monolith, Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California (1927), Rose and Driftwood, San Francisco (ca. 1933), Aspens, Dawn, Autumn, Dolores River Canyon, Colorado (1937), The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (1942), and a rare image of Boulder Dam (1941). These works trace four decades of Adams’ experimentation with black and white photography and how it could reveal the mysterious beauty of the American landscape both subtle and majestic.

Important selections from Adam’s archive will also be on view. Among them: album pages of some of Adams’ earliest photographs (1916), the 8 x 10 Kodak camera Adams used to create his iconic photographs, an album of negatives from 1932, Adams’ Swiss compass used on his photographic expeditions, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to Adams by President Carter in 1980, and personal correspondence from some of the most noted figures of the twentieth century. Complementing these objects will be a series of historical photographs from 1903 to 1983 that will serve as a visual biography of Adams’ life.

"We are excited to be bringing yet another groundbreaking exhibition to Las Vegas," commented Andrea Glimcher, President of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. "This show will be the first major exhibition in Las Vegas dedicated to one of the masters of fine art photography and represents yet another important milestone in the gallery’s programming."

Ansel Adams: America has been organized exclusively for the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art by the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

The CCP, co-founded by Ansel Adams in 1975, holds the largest repository of Adams photographs in the world and is an archive, museum, and research institution, dedicated to photography as an art form and cultural record. The CCP holds more archives and individual works by 20th-century American photographers than any other museum in the nation.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was born in San Francisco and lived his entire life in California. His remarkable career, as America’s foremost landscape photographer and renowned environmentalist, spanned more than six decades. He is known throughout the world and his work has been exhibited in hundreds of museums in America and abroad. Adams was an inspired teacher and the author of numerous books, including groundbreaking manuals on photographic technique. In 1946, he helped to establish the first academic department to teach photography, at the California School of Fine Arts in

San Francisco (now the San Francisco Art Institute), and later established the first museum department in the world dedicated to photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1984, the United States Congress established the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, between Yosemite National Park and the John Muir Wilderness Area in California. Mount Ansel Adams, at the head of the Lyell Fork of the Merced River on the southeast boundary of Yosemite National Park, was named for him in 1985.

Awarded the Nation’s highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ansel Adams remains today the most honored photographer of the twentieth century.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Located at the heart of the elegant Bellagio resort, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’s premier art gallery. Each year the gallery presents world-class exhibitions of artworks and objects drawn from internationally acclaimed museums and private

collections. Past exhibitions devoted to a single-artist have featured the works of Alexander Calder, Peter Carl Fabergé, Andy Warhol, and Claude Monet.

Tickets for Ansel Adams: America will be $15 per person and $12 for students, Nevada residents, and seniors over 65. Audio-guides are included in the price of admission.

Tickets and information are available by calling (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777 or on

our website www.bgfa.biz. Tickets may also be purchased online by logging onto www.ticketweb.com. Annual membership to the gallery, The Blue Card, is also available for $45. Annual member benefits include unlimited admission for two, discounts for members’ guests, and discounts in the Gallery Store.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Sara Waldman / Dave Kirvin Kirvin Doak Communications (702) 737-3100 Matthew Hileman Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (702) 693-7851

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 July 2006 )

Onstage, Offstage and Backstage with Paul McCartney  
Written by Fotomall Staff  
Friday, 24 March 2006

Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents

 

Onstage, Offstage and Backstage with Paul McCartney

 

North American Premiere

 

 

WHAT:                        The Photography of Bill Bernstein

 

WHERE:                     Morrison Hotel Gallery

                                    1230 Prospect Street

                                    La Jolla, CA 

                                    858-551-0835

 

WHEN:                        Opening night reception with Bill Bernstein

                                    March 4, 2006  from 6 pm to 9 pm

                                    Exhibit continues through April 2, 2006

                                    11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily  - Friday & Saturday  11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

ADMISSION:              FREE TO THE PUBLIC

 

INTERVIEWS:            For interviews with Bill Bernstein, contact:

                                    Richard Horowitz  760-607-1777

 

The Morrison Hotel Gallery is proud to present the North American debut of the photography of Bill Bernstein. This premiere exhibit features the photographs that documented the 2002 – 2003 McCartney World Tour, both behind the scenes and during live performances, and are hand signed by both Bernstein and McCartney. It is this body of work that is included in the book “Each One Believing” (Chronicle Books 2004). Bill Bernstein began working with Paul McCartney in 1989 with the “Flowers in the Dirt” World Tour, and has continued photographing him over the years. Bernstein was also invited to Ireland by the McCartney's to be their personal wedding photographer.

 

Bill Bernstein is a New York based photographer who has traveled the world for such clients as National Geographic TV, Time Magazine, Paul McCartney and U2, when he served as photographer for the Zoo TV Tour. His photographic career started in the 80's in New York City at the Village Voice. There he began shooting musicians, artists and actors for the arts and politics weekly newspaper. His first assignment was documenting Carlos Santana, backstage and onstage, at New York's Roseland Ballroom.

 

Bill Bernstein says: "The opportunity to photograph McCartney's entire World Tour and to be given such astounding access has been a high point of my career. Rarely is a photographer given such trust and free reign. These photographs are the result of McCartney's generosity and his unique ability to encourage fertile ground for creativity."

 

Bill Bernstein will be present for the opening night reception on Saturday, March 4, between 6 pm and 9 pm. Admission to the exhibit is free, and the photographs are available for purchase.


MoPA EXHIBITION OF APPALACHIAN LANDSCAPES  
Written by Fotomall Staff  
Friday, 11 November 2005

NEWS RELEASE - - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Courtney Blackwell                                    
Public Relations Department                            
P:  619.238.7559 x203                                  
F:  619.238.8777                                               
E:  blackwell@mopa.org                                 
www.mopa.org

THE MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS TO HOST AN EXHIBITION OF APPALACHIAN LANDSCAPES
"Mike Smith: You're Not From Around Here"
January 15 - May 7, 2006
       
San Diego, Ca. - The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) presents an exhibition of Appalachian landscapes by contemporary photographer Mike Smith.  On display from January 15 - May 7, 2006, the exhibition "Mike Smith: You're Not From Around Here" will include 50 color photographs of the land and intimate places of the Appalachian Mountains. 

In his photographs, Mike Smith captures the self-imposed isolation of rural America and the connections between the mountain landscape and its residents.  Both intimate and monumental, the photographs depict farm yards, pastures, places where the forest stops and agriculture begins, main roads, fences, and man-made sheds, and the quiet solitude of rural America.  Often called "ghost landscapes," his photographs display the beauty of the country scenery with the ever-present evidence of human existence.

Smith grew up in New England and moved to eastern Tennessee in 1981.  As a Yankee, he was fascinated by the life of the legendary hills of Appalachia.  His photographs explore and define preconceptions of the South that he brought with him, and the Southern landscape and life that he grew to love.  When photographing, Smith stays away from the main roads and towns that resemble a homogenous America, and focuses on the landscapes found on the switchback roads where he has discovered the subtle differences that define the region.  Many photographers who travel to Appalachia from the city view and document the area as something exotic.  However, Smith does not judge the region with his photographs.  He documents the rural environment with a sense of affection and a sense of wonder for the quiet solitude of the region. 

"Mike Smith's photographs of rural life and environments are timeless.  Their honesty is refreshing," remarked MoPA Director Arthur Ollman.  "His photographs do what photography does best.  They take something that is non-remarkable and, in a way that only photography can, show how extraordinary the rural Appalachian landscape really is."     

Smith has lived in Tennessee for about 24 years, but to the people of Tennessee he is still a "damned yankee," a term given to those move to the South and stay there.  Many of his photographs depend on permission of property owners so that he may move freely on their land to take pictures.  Although many people have moved there and stayed due to a passionate desire for solitude, many locals welcomed him with generosity.  As an outsider, the surprises that he found behind the houses, barns, and sheds helped him understand Appalachian culture.  Smith is part of a movement in photography toward a return to beauty.  However, he does not have a naïve sense of the beautiful, virgin landscape.  His photographs often depict the messy environment, the slap-dash vernacular architecture, the textures of modern life.  

Many of the photographs in the exhibition are found in Smith's monograph, "You're Not From Around Here: Photographs of East Tennessee by Mike Smith" (2004, Center for American Places), with an introduction by Robert Sobieszek.  The book will be available in the Museum Store.  The exhibition Mike Smith: You're Not From Around Here was organized by the Museum of Photographic Arts from the collection of the artist and Sarah Lee Fine Arts in Los Angeles.    

Mike Smith (b. 1951, Heidelberg, Germany)
Born into a military family in Germany, Smith's family moved to New England where he grew up in and around Boston. He enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War, and began to photograph his surroundings, including his friends and the land and people of Vietnam.  In 1981, after completing a BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA at the Yale University School of Art, Smith moved to Johnson City, Tennessee, where he found an Appalachian community that complicated his understanding of Southern culture.

 

Press Opportunities
Exhibition and installation images are available for press reproduction in Jpeg format. Please contact MoPA's Public Relations Department at 619-238-7559, ext. 203 or via email (blackwell@mopa.org) with any press-related needs.

MoPA Information
The Museum of Photographic Arts is among the country's leading photographic arts institutions, with impressive holdings of the entire history of photography, its aesthetic movements and technological advancements.  The collection is strong in its 20th-century documentary work, specifically mid-20th-century Soviet Russian photography.  While the entire collection illustrates the complex and varied history of the medium, its major areas of strength are in modern and contemporary work, specifically in social documentary photography and photojournalism.    

-   Visit www.mopa.org for information about exhibitions, programs and special events
-   Hours:  Monday through Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays until 9 p.m.
-   Gallery admission: $6 adults; $4 students, seniors and military; FREE to members and children under 12.  Admission is free to the public on the second Tuesday of the month.

-   Docent Tours for student groups (elementary through college) are available free of charge with advance reservation. Tours for non-students are also available, with advance reservation, at a discounted admission rate.

The Museum of Photographic Arts is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a member-supported, private, non-profit institution.  Additional support for museum programs is provided by the City of San Diego under a program managed by its Commission for Arts and Culture, the Community Enhancement Program of the County of San Diego, as well as the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 


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