The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, November 21, 2014

Exhibition presents rare, unique, and unusual selections from the forty year collection of Stephen Cohen
The dictionary defines vernacular as using the language native to a region rather than a literary cultured one.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- It has been said that the snapshot is folk art without guile or pretension – an art that is uninterested in its own art aspirations. Sometimes mysterious, obsessional and sometimes funny, they are often just plain strange. Vernacular photography, at it's best, is most of all compelling imagery that was not created as art but has become art with the aid of a curator's eye.

It is the collector/selector, of these images, out of so many available, that re-contextualizes them into something that places the work in the realm of art. With the passage of time these photographs have gained a patina of history, irony and kitsch. Often taken by untrained photographers, there is a freshness to these images from an unschooled eye that can seem profound.

The dictionary defines vernacular as using the language native to a region rather than a literary cultured one. Non-standard and a common form of language synonymous with indigenous, colloquial, everyday, ordinary and familiar. A photographic definition would include anonymous, snapshot, erotic, forensic, military, industrial, medical, family album and newspaper.

Fine-art photographers have always looked to the snapshot as a source of inspiration and the artless style of family function amateur snapshots have been appropriated by photographers as diverse as William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin and Sally Mann. Vernacular's continuing chic is reflected in rising prices, museum exhibitions, and publications. People respond to the excitement of this imagery and if that's the way one responds, the best of these images is as good as the best of anything else. This growing vogue for vernacular photography among collectors and dealers continues to be one of the most exciting developments in photography collecting.

The exhibition opens Thursday, July 25 and runs through Saturday, September 7, 2013.

Collecting vernacular photography is a compulsion for a truth, an honesty and sometimes a profound beauty that has been "found" in the artless intent of their makers far removed from their original purpose, which continues to capture our imagination. – Stephen Cohen

The gallery is located at 7354 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Today's News

July 24, 2013

Mexican paleontologists recover the only complete dinosaur tail ever found in Mexico

Seven sculptures by the Swiss-born American artist Carol Bove on view at MoMA

Eddie Gaedel's bat, used in MLB's most famous stunt, readies for sale at Heritage Auctions

Spanish dig in the caves of Atapuerca seeks prehistoric ancestors of Europeans

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft presents The 7 Borders, an exhibition mapping Kentucky's regional identity

Rarely seen Beatles photos from 1964 to be exhibited at David Anthony Fine Art

Doug Aitken designed train turned kinetic sculpture will tour the United States

Straight Lines in Five Directions: Group exhibition opens at Garvey/Simon Art Access

Exhibition presents rare, unique, and unusual selections from the forty year collection of Stephen Cohen

Taymour Grahne Gallery to open its doors in New York with exhibition of work by Nicky Nodjoumi

London's National Portrait Gallery hosts first private view just for young people

Summer 2013 exhibitions at Laguna Art Museum include installations with a twist

Scottish National Portrait Gallery opens exhibition of powerful new paintings by Ken Currie

Frescoes bring tourists, hope to Roma village

The Saturday Evening Post gets warehouse chic in seven thriving art enclaves

Knoxville Museum of Art announces major gift

Amanda Ross-Ho transforms MCA Chicago's plaza into an open air photo studio

Joan Danforth Gift, NEH Grant Endow Asian Art Curatorship at Allen Memorial Art Museum

Expo Chicago: Northern Trust to donate artwork to Art Institute of Chicago

Innovation in the art industry: A new tool set to change the way people buy and sell art

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Most expensive photograph by David Wojnarowicz sold at Bonhams New York

2.- The Vatican's Sistine Chapel dazzles thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system

3.- Alberto Giacometti's 1950 bronze sculpture 'Chariot' sells for $101m at Sotheby's New York

4.- Christie's to offer 21 seminal works from Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills series

5.- Alberto Giacometti sculpture set to fetch $100 million at Sotheby's New York auction

6.- Archaeologist Daniele Manacorda's proposal to restore Colosseum's area sparks Italy debate

7.- Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art honor El Greco

8.- Solo exhibition of the work of Spanish painter Antonio Cazorla opens at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery

9.- Paris' Museum of Modern Art opens exhibition of the work of Sonia Delaunay

10.- 'Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age' opens at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site