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Press Releases - Terrain Gallery/Aesthetic Realism FoundationPRESS RELEASE FOR "THIS GREAT, DIVERSE CITY--HOW SHOULD WE SEE IT?: CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHS - March 31, 2011 through September:
The Terrain Gallery is proud to show the work of twenty
photographers whose images capture the rich diversity
of people, cultures, neighborhoods, architecture, and
feelings in New York. Through images in black and
white and color, and comment by the photographers
and others, this grand, historic city is shown as having
â€śa oneness of quiet and tumult, profundities and mischief,â€ť
as Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism, said in his
talk What of New York and Poetry? â€śYou can use a point
to get to the whole world, and New York,â€ť he said, â€śis a
good place to begin to be fair to reality as such.â€ť
PRESS RELEASE for â€śEMOTIONâ€”IN BLACK & WHITE AND COLORâ€ť May 24 â€“ July 28, 2007:
â€śThe purpose of photography is to create an emotion about the world through what has been carefully seen and selected.â€ť â€”Eli Siegel, Afternoon Regard for Photography.
The Terrain Gallery is proud to show work by 15 photographers, work which we believe creates emotion about the world, good for the person having it. That emotion may have surprise or wonder, humor, compassion, but in every case reality is seen as meaning more to a person; as having value where we hadn't seen it in just that way before.
The basis of this gallery is Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded by poet and critic Eli Siegel. He statedâ€”and it has been the motto of the Terrain since it opened in 1955â€”â€śIn reality opposites are one; art shows this.â€ť Whenever a work of art in any medium is successful, the opposites in reality have been made one. As this exhibition shows, in photography, the dramatic interplay of light and dark, sharpness and softness, a specific object and wide meaning, the immediate moment and permanent structure, are central to the success, the beauty, of the work.
The photographersâ€™ comments on the importance of the opposites in what affected them as they took a picture, the visual and technical choices they made, and their increased care for people, things, and the possibilities of photography, are a vivid part of the exhibition.
This gallery has been a pioneer in seeing that the beauty of photography is like beauty in all the artsâ€¦.Aesthetic Realism itself has been described as â€śa course in honest world appreciation.â€ť We hope this exhibition is a means of the art of photography, and the world itself, being seen with fresh exactitude, excitement, lasting respect.
Photographers: Len Bernstein, Amy Dienes, Vincent DiPietro, David Bernstein, Harvey Spears, Steve Poleskie, Dale Laurin, Louis Dienes, Doug Cox, Allan Michael, Wayne Mumford, John Reddy, Mary Fagan, Perry Hall, Dan McClung.
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