The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, April 22, 2018

Michael Dweck wows with reinvisioned works at new gallery show at Staley Wise, New York
Installation view of Michael Dweck's Mermaid 105 at Staley Wise Gallery in New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Michael Dweck debuted a compelling series of new work Thursday at the opening of his new show at the Staley Wise Gallery in Soho.

Underwater, which opened to fanfare and rave reviews from a capacity crowd, found the photographer and visual artist appropriating several images from his 2009 book Mermaids, and applying them to “new forms” to extrapolate the work’s larger themes. Underwater will continue at Staley Wise through August 29.

“I shot Mermaids at a time when I was shuttling between New York and Paris, and spending a lot of time both fishing in Montauk and researching impressionism at the d’Orsay Museum,” Dweck said at the gallery opening. “Now, with these new forms, I started to play with a broader narrative about seduction – as well as desire, escape and self-destruction. It’s still impressionistic and abstract, but the application to new vehicles gives a new perspective to the existing narrative.”

In addition to two large canvas prints that factor into the tight narrative of obsession and loss, Dweck also wowed critics with a pair of photographs beautifully displayed on 6’6” surfboards – uniquely handcrafted by MB in California. He also presented a one-of-a-kind color print on a seamless 16’x9’ canvas, which Dweck called “a wallpaper.”

“The board shapes are meant to reflect the subjective character of a strong-cored muse with a refined taper,” said Dweck, best known for the passion-filled Montauk: The End and the ground-breaking Habana Libre. “They are both the vehicle and destination of desire. They represent escape and capture… The wallpaper is a broader commentary about the catch, the reality and the leftover souvenirs of love.”

In addition to form experimentations – and well-received ones at that – the show paid tribute to some of Dweck’s techniques and inspirations. One board entitled Dear "Doc” Edgerton is named for the MIT professor who developed the first technique for underwater flash photography, which Dweck used extensively in Mermaids. “The Duke’s Mermaid” is named for Duke Kananamoku, the father of modern surfing.

“I don’t know how Mermaids could work without [Edgerton’s groundbreaking work],” Dweck said. “And surfing – like photography - has always been a form of escape for me… This is my tribute to the people who helped make these things possible.”

Underwater will continue at Staley Wise through August 29.

Michael Dweck is an American photographer, filmmaker and visual artist.

His work explores endangered subcultures, and had been featured in solo exhibitions around the world (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, Belgium, Hamburg, Tokyo, Toronto, et al.). After successful exhibitions of two extensive bodies of work (Montauk: The End, 2004 and Mermaids, 2009), Dweck exhibited Habana Libre in 2010, becoming the first living artist to have a solo exhibition in Cuba.

Dweck’s first feature-length film, Blunderbust, is an all-access look at the death of a unique race-class at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway, and be released soon in conjunction with a touring gallery exhibit.

Today's News

July 17, 2014

Imperial War Museum London opens new, permanent First World War Galleries

Detroit Institute of Arts announces $26.8 million in pledges from Michigan businesses for Grand Bargain

First major Malevich retrospective for almost twenty-five years opens at Tate Modern

Exhibition of Japanese collaborative digital artists, teamLab, opens at Pace New York

Leading artists Antony Gormley and Grayson Perry launch 'Art Everywhere' in London

Michael Dweck wows with reinvisioned works at new gallery show at Staley Wise, New York

Mandela mementos to go on sale at the Stephan Welz & Co. auction house in Johannesburg

Martial Raysse, Steven Holl and Giuseppe Penone among five winners of 2014 Praemium Imperiale Awards

United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

Lucian Freud's aged whippet races to the top of Bonhams Prints and Multiples Sale

United States museums provide emergency support for Syrian museum collections

'Paper, Pencil & Ink: Prints & Other Works on Paper' opens at Ruiz-Healy Art

Sotheby's shines in Asia: Record sales in the first half of 2014 demonstrating unrivalled market leadership

Global interest drives $10.24 million in sales at historic Littlefield Military Collection Auction

Record half year at Christie's art sales of $4.5 billion, up 12%

Antonio Gagliano's Buno opens at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona

New bidding initiative from Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions receives exceptional results

Exhibition of new work by Rachel Kneebone opens at White Cube

Exhibition of early and contemporary Nigerian photography opens at Bonhams

Cahiers d'Art celebrates the 100th issue of the revue with Hiroshi Sugimoto

Portland Museum of Art hires New Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested

3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme

4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal

7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture

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

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
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful