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Patricia Sheley

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Photographic Pioneer, Anne Brigman
« on: January 05, 2019, 02:07:55 pm »

(Aside to Rob C.) : I do not recall where your affections, interest or even distaste rests in the matter of Stieglitz and O'Keefe, but after all these years I find myself pleasantly surprised by the reappearance of a third, comprising a short-lived triangle. Artist/photographer/poet/pioneer Anne Bergman, the only fellow west of the River in Stieglitz's Photo Secession photography group.

A retrospective of her work has been organized by the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, "Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography" which runs through January 27.

I am temporarily locked in my immediate surrounds as I become acclimated to a bionic upgrade, but believe I would have attempted to see it in person. There is a 400 page catalogue though published by Rizzoli Electra along with a reprint of her poetry, "Songs of a Pagan" (She was manipulating her negatives and prints at the time and seemed content to fall through the cracks) What little I know to this point has me in seek mode and thought you might enjoy the distraction too.

Best to all as we move to each "yet to come~"
Lumine!
  Patricia
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Re: Photographic Pioneer, Anne Brigman
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 02:56:03 pm »

Hi Patricia,

I think that both Stieglitz and O'Keeffe were very capable artists, but of the two, my preference is for Georgia: her paintings seem to be of much deeper quality than photography appears capable of touching.

The second lady is new to me - I guess I don't use Dr Google well enough yet! Now that I know about her, I'll see what I can find out there beyond the looking glass.

Best of 2019 to you and the new bionics - may you both function in perfect synchronicity!

Rob

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Re: Photographic Pioneer, Anne Brigman
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2019, 03:36:28 pm »

~from a New York Times article: "Brigman went back to the West Coast for good, and Stieglitzeventually fulfilled his Pygmalian fantasy with the more compliant O'Keefe. Knowing what I do of O'Keefe Anne Brigman must have been one unique woman for her times.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2019, 07:43:45 pm »

Anne Brigman pp. 135-158 (Yes, I know, it is in italian Language... :()

http://www.academia.edu/35241273/Il_corpo_e_lazione._Donne_e_fotografia_tra_otto_e_novecento.pdf


Federica Muzzarelli considers Anne Brigman a performative, behavioural artist.
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Re: Photographic Pioneer, Anne Brigman
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2019, 12:06:47 am »

Anne Brigman pp. 135-158 (Yes, I know, it is in italian Language... :()

http://www.academia.edu/35241273/Il_corpo_e_lazione._Donne_e_fotografia_tra_otto_e_novecento.pdf


Federica Muzzarelli considers Anne Brigman a performative, behavioural artist.

Grazie, molto interessante

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Re: Photographic Pioneer, Anne Brigman
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2019, 03:26:55 am »

Anne Brigman pp. 135-158 (Yes, I know, it is in italian Language... :()

http://www.academia.edu/35241273/Il_corpo_e_lazione._Donne_e_fotografia_tra_otto_e_novecento.pdf


Federica Muzzarelli considers Anne Brigman a performative, behavioural artist.

Thank you.  This is a wonderful source as are the footnotes at the end of her chapter. I hope you will take the time to read past page 158, as it becomes increasingly clear as one does that while her work did inspire a number of performative artists, Anne Brigman did not so self identify. It is as if i am seeing fractals writ large. Her willed release of self and body to self identify as nature and her later efforts to find ways to make that possible to be recognized by others is emotionally exciting to read and view.  I do see how on the surface this may appear simply placing her body in nature, and recording that placement but while others went on later to do so, this clearly is not the body of her work and psche, in the words of others to follow,  "this is not a cloud". Equivalents.

A wonderful source.  Thank you again.  I sensed something wonderful when discovering a reference to the previously unknown to me triangle and this exploration has been most rewarding.  (I had also forgotten how much I enjoy reading works written in Italian. Beautiful, expressive, painterly language.)
Lumine!
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2019, 12:20:34 am »

I am very impressed with what I have seen so far of Anne Brigman. Dreamy, but understated.

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Re: Photographic Pioneer, Anne Brigman
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2019, 02:45:35 am »

Thank you for this Patricia, something to investigate further.

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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2019, 04:32:23 am »

New to me as well, looking forward to seeing more.  Very interesting.

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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2019, 08:17:17 am »

+1. Thanks, Patricia.

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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2019, 08:22:57 am »

+1. Thanks, Patricia.
Thanks from me, too.
I was not aware of Brigman.

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Re: Photographic Pioneer, Anne Brigman
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2019, 03:42:33 am »

Very interesting work!
At first look it reminded me to Dirk Braeckman, but this is of yet another league.

https://dirkbraeckman.be/work
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2019, 09:29:19 am »

I vo,

https://aperture.org/blog/loneliness-darkroom-braeckman/

https://www.americansuburbx.com/2017/09/a-disquieting-energy-interview-with-dirk-braeckman.html

Not familiar with him but found these two interesting interviews  with the man engaging as to mindset.  Both were done I believe after the 2017 Venice Biennale exhibit of a work in the Flanders Pavillion.
From these I take it to understand that it would be necessary to view the actual prints to have a sense of their magneticism. Always worth time to float between the awake world and that place in between the sleep/ dream of psyche.
Thank you for the side road marker.
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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2019, 11:58:49 am »

I vo,

https://aperture.org/blog/loneliness-darkroom-braeckman/

https://www.americansuburbx.com/2017/09/a-disquieting-energy-interview-with-dirk-braeckman.html

Not familiar with him but found these two interesting interviews  with the man engaging as to mindset.  Both were done I believe after the 2017 Venice Biennale exhibit of a work in the Flanders Pavillion.
From these I take it to understand that it would be necessary to view the actual prints to have a sense of their magneticism. Always worth time to float between the awake world and that place in between the sleep/ dream of psyche.
Thank you for the side road marker.


True, Patricia, you need to stand in front of the work.

He is a master in huge silver prints: Sponge development and fixation. The latest years he tried digital printing, it doesn’t work in my opinion. The inkjet prints do not have the same emotional impact.
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