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Nicéphore Niépce Museum Looking For A New Directeur

The Nicéphore Niépce museum and the town of Chalon-sur-Saône are looking for a director. With a c...

Winners of the LensCulture and Magnum Photography Prize Announced

The Magnum Photos agency and the magazine LensCulture announced the winners of their very young phot...

Record Auctions for Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans, Freischwimmer #84, 2004 © Wolfgang Tillmans & Phillips The 48-year-old Germa...
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Luciana Pampalone, Graflex, 2012 © Luciana Pampalone
Luciana Pampalone, Graflex, 2012 © Luciana Pampalone

The Valencian artist Josep Renau was a remarkable exponent of the photomontage technique. His links with the Communist Party, dating back to 1931, together with his political views and the influence of art movements such as Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism, led him to the conviction that art should be used as a revolutionary weapon.

After the Spanish Civil War, he went into exile in Mexico; it was there, influenced by the proximity of the United States, that he started work on his series Fata-Morgana. USA – The American Way of Life. The series—a criticism of the Cold War, capitalism, racism and militarism, heavily influenced by the German artist John Heartfield—sought ultimately to improve man’s living conditions. This exhibition brings together the whole series of 69 pieces, highlighting a project that, far from becoming dated, has taken on new relevance today; both as a reflection of the current socioeconomic crisis and as a meditation on the social function of art and culture.

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Festival
Madrid
PHotoEspaña 2014

PHotoEspaña 2014 opened in Madrid last week. The festival ocupies a strange place in the photo world. The locations are sumptuous (The Reina Sofia Museum, the Museum of Romanticism, the Telefonica) and some of the exhibitions are simply marvelous (see our selection below),...