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Malick Sidibé: Love Power Peace at Jack Shainman Gallery | Photograph magazine

Malick Sidibé: Love Power Peace at Jack Shainman Gallery

by Diana McClure

Malick Sidibé’s photographs are internationally recognized for their narrative exploration of identity and a particular swagger born of youth culture in 1960s Mali. Emboldened by their nation’s recent independence from France, his subjects confidently revel in their stature as members of an emerging modern decolonized nation.   READ FULL REVIEW in PHOTOGRAPH Magazine

Malick Sidibé’s photographs are internationally recognized for their narrative exploration of identity and a particular swagger born of youth culture in 1960s Mali. Emboldened by their nation’s recent independence from France, his subjects confidently revel in their stature as members of an emerging modern decolonized nation.

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Sarah Anne Johnson: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Julie Saul Gallery | Photograph magazine

Sarah Anne Johnson: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Julie Saul Gallery

by Diana McClure

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In her latest body of work, on view at Julie Saul Gallery through June 30, Sarah Anne Johnson uses photographs as canvases to expose the ephemerality of innocence, adorning her sublime landscapes with unconventional materials, including cotton balls, artificial flowers or spray paint, that speak to both play and longing.

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Deborah Willis: In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond at Shine Portrait Studio | Photograph magazine

Deborah Willis: In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond at Shine Portrait Studio

by Diana McClure

Image detail of photography by Deborah Willis in DEBORAH WILLIS: IN PURSUIT OF BEAUTY

Image detail of photography by Deborah Willis in DEBORAH WILLIS: IN PURSUIT OF BEAUTY

Deborah Willis’s latest exhibition offers a subtle, populist commentary on the democratization of style, while also speaking to the politics of visibility and invisibility.

Organized by Curator-in-Residence Kalia Brooks, the exhibition is on view through December 21 at Shine Portrait Studio at Express Newark, a former department store and the site of photographer James Van Der Zee’s first commercial job in 1911.

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Alvin Baltrop: At the Hudson River Piers at Galerie Buchholz | Photograph magazine

Alvin Baltrop: At the Hudson River Piers at Galerie Buchholz

by Diana McClure

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The photographs in Alvin Baltrop: At the Hudson River Piers were taken in a pre-AIDS era, roughly 1975-1986, and feature gay men amidst the crumbling ruins of New York City’s Hudson River piers. On view at Galerie Buchholz through August 19, Baltrop’s images invoke a mixture of Robert Mapplethorpe’s homoeroticism, architectural photography, and images of classical sculpture.

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Ima Mfon: Nigerian Identitites / Donna Ruff: The Migrant Series at Rick Wester Fine Art | Photograph magazine

IMA MFON: NIGERIAN IDENTITIES / DONNA RUFF: THE MIGRANT SERIES AT RICK WESTER FINE ART

by Diana McClure

 Photos: Anders Jones

Two solo exhibitions, Ima Mfon’s series Nigerian Identities and Donna Ruff’s The Migrant Series, are presented in dialogue with each other at Rick Wester Fine Art, through April 22, as a curatorial choice. Together they amplify what appears to be a global reckoning with notions of migration and immigration, both voluntary and forced.  

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