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Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

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There is so much going on in all these images and the result is not confusion as much as a nuanced and sophisticated complexity. Hilariously funny, sometimes rather sad, but invariably interesting, this is a superbly diverting book.

And after the initial joy of growing comfortable with many layers of content, the question becomes: What is the relationship of all these layers to each other and then to us? Through the play of transparency and the mise en abyme of his images, Harry Gruyaert tells in Between Worlds the illusion of the world. If we lost touch with his sense of life, they thought, we lost an essential element in our self-understanding. Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds dissolves the boundaries between exterior and interior spaces, a closed world and one that is open to elsewhere. A Traveller’s History of Cyprus” offers a complete and authoritative history of the island’s past and also touches on the sensitive present-day issues for both sides of the island.There is the story from the observer, the story from the two inside the car (the looks on their faces speak volumes), the story from the four the far distance. Over the past century, Cuban music has produced a seemingly endless variety of styles―rumba, mambo, son, salsa―at a dizzyingly fast rate. Meet Monsieur Benoit, who appeared suddenly in Paris with a scheme for telegraphing messages across the world (or, at least, across the room) by means of electricity and the telepathic power of snails, and actually raised the money to build this extraordinary machine. Harry Gruyaert is renowned for his photographs of India, Morocco and Egypt as well as of the west of Ireland, and for his use of colour.

Although Cyprus is a relatively small island, its position in the East Mediterranean has always given it strategic importance beyond its size. A note from FRAMES: if you have a forthcoming or recently published book of photography, please let us know.He has had the good fortune to travel widely, and whether he’s taking images in Belgium or Morocco, London or Paris, airports or alleys, it’s not that he sees things differently. Well-placed for travel from all over the globe with plenty of sunshine throughout the year, Cyprus has become a favored tourist destination. If These Apples Should Fall: Cezanne and the Present looks back on Cezanne from a moment – our own – when such judgments may seem to need justifying.

Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert’s work has always been thrilling in the way it articulates a particular way of seeing. There are at least six different levels of content within this image, each one with its own contextual and narrative interest. With a historical gazetteer, chronology of major events, index, bibliography and historical and contemporary maps, this book is an invaluable companion to students or visitors to the island. Prof David Alan Mellor investigates and explains the Anglo-American cultural contexts that drove Smith’s art, while Alex Massouras’s two themed essays, ‘Young and British’ and ‘From Motion Pictures to Flight’, explore Smith’s originality from fresh perspectives.

In his new book Between Worlds, the artist assembles his archives to deliver the essence of his visual writing: a luminous alchemy at the service of immersion in the image. A collection of seventy-five images that connect one realm with the next, this volume shows that beyond the marvelous colorist that he is, Gruyaert’s images also depict a photographer’s vision of the world. His very intuitive and physical sense of place immerses the spectator in a world that borrows simultaneously from the cinematic universe and from that of the painter. A picture from New York City in 2020 is again a combination of direct vision, obscured vision, reflection, perhaps even reflections of reflections. These images ask not so much for our emotional response as our participation with a multifaceted narrative that is not contained within any one layer.

Richard Smith (1931-2016) was one of the most original painters of his generation, and one of the most underrated. As Barbara Rose said of Smith’s major Tate Gallery retrospective in 1975, he was ‘at once in and out of touch with the currents of the mainstream … au courant and aloof at the same time. And we also have in the window the reflection of what is behind the photographer – trees and cars and street signs. As a Senior Curator at Tate, Dr Chris Stephens knew Smith well, and he contributes a wide-ranging introduction to Smith’s art and life. By continuing your navigation on this site, you accept the use of cookies, which we use to better understand your expectations and offer you services adapted to your interests.A familiar theme, but one that, across the generations, can occasionally unearth something rather powerful. Clark addresses this strangeness head-on, examining the art of Pissarro, Matisse and others in relation to it.

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