Taryn Simon, A polite Fiction at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

France, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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Niveau/Level 2, A Polite Fiction (2014) © Taryn Simon / Courtesy of the artist / Almine Rech Gallery

Underneath layers of cement and drywall in the Fondation Louis Vuitton is a message in green permanent marker on concrete: “Oubliez la terre. Elle ne vaut pas le coup . . . à moins que vous soyez là pour me sauver” (Skip earth. Not worth it . . . unless you’re coming to save me).
In A Polite Fiction, artist Taryn Simon maps, excavates, and records the gestures that became entombed beneath – and within – the Fondation’s surfaces during its five-year construction. Simon collects this buried history and examines the latent social, political, and economic forces pushing against power and privilege.

Dirk Braeckman, Lunar soul, at Le BAL

France, written by Jonas Cuénin

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27.1 21.7 015 2014, 1995, 180x120cm © Dirk Braeckman – Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

He likes forgetting things. Where a picture was taken, what it was, the emotional circumstances of the shoot. As if to give them a new form of life, free from any past. What interests him is the image itself, and  the story it contains. Dirk Braeckman, a major figure in the Flemish contemporary art scene, is like an amnesiac photographer who sometimes lets his negatives sit for years before developing them.

Dirk Braeckman, Sisyphe, éditions Xavier Barral

France, written by Jonas Cuénin

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Sisyphus, 2005 © Dirk Braekman

In 2011, Roma Publications released a 400-page monograph devoted to Dirk Braeckman. To accompany the exhibition of his work, Le Bal and Xavier Barral are publishing the series Sisyphe, presented for the first time in its entirety.

Roxanne Lowit, a book about Yves Saint Laurent

United States, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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Yves Saint Laurent © Roxanne Lowit

A dazzling portrait of Yves Saint Laurent and his world of fashion over the last twenty-five years of his career, by legendary pioneer of backstage fashion photography, Roxanne Lowit.

Venezia defends itself, 1915-1918, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venezia

Italy, written by Paola Sammartano

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Venezia, Rialto, Fondamenta del Ferro. View of the Spiess brewery destroyed after the thirty-eighth air raid, gelatin print, January 26-27, 1918

Dawn,  May 24th 1915. Venice had its first awakening of war from the sky. The city heard the wail of the air raid sirens, then there was a long wait interrupted by the rattle of the defence guns, and the thump of the bombs dropping into the water of the lagoon. A century after the beginning of First World War, “Venice defends itself 1915 – 1918”, curated by Claudio Franzini and based in Palazzo Fortuny, tells us the unusual situation of the city at the time of the Great War with 350 original photos from the Archivio Storico Fotografico of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia: an overview of the dramatic nature of the events, focusing both on historical perspective and collective memory.

Fashion/Culture at Colorado Photographic Arts Center

United States, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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Museum #1 © Sara Ford

The exhibition Fashion/Culture, curated by Natascha Seideneck for the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, showcases contemporary Colorado based artists that use photography to explore the intersection between art, fashion, beauty and culture. The diverse group of works reflects the many connections between Denver's growing fashion and art communities.

New Issue of ZUM Magazine #7

Brazil, written by Céline Chevallier

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This month, ZUM, the biannual revue published by the Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS), is releasing its 7th issue.

Alec Dawson, Nocturna, on Blurb

United States, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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Nocturna © Alec Dawson

Feminine body uncovered; feelings born in the darkness of the night; women presented as nocturnal creatures, honoring their moons. Undulating bodies becoming sinister; the social masquerade dissolved, leaving only skin. This is how Alec Dawson’s Nocturna can be described.

You are invited! Openings : Month of Photography
Friday 21st November and Saturday 22nd November 2014

France, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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The Player Guillaume Martial Galerie Annie Gabrielli 33, avenue F. Delmas 34000 Montpellier 22 novembre 2014 – 10 janvier 2015 Vernissage 21 novembre 18h00 mar-sam : 14h30 – 19h00 mer : 12h30 – 16h30 www.galerieanniegabrielli.com

Paris will have dozens of openings in November. A number of galleries and institutions invite you, the readers of The Eye of Photography, to come to their opening. We will announce them every day.