The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Exhibition at Yancey Richardson presents a selection of works by Finnish photographer Esko Männikkö
Esko Mannikko, Untitled, from the series Organized Freedom, 2014. Archival pigment print in artist's frame, 36.5 x 52.5 inches. Edition 1 of 20. Signed on mount verso.

NEW YORK, NY.- Yancey Richardson presents Time Flies, a selection of works by Finnish photographer Esko Männikkö, the artist’s fifth exhibition with the gallery. The selection is drawn from the artist’s current traveling museum retrospective, which originated in Finland at the Kunsthalle Helsinki. Männikkö was previously the winner of the 2008 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, the first time a Finnish artist has been recipient of this prestigious award.

As a self-taught artist, Männikkö counts few stylistic precedents or influences, and though his interest in the residue of everyday life is the foundation of his image making, his formalism lends itself to metaphoric or existential modes of interpretation. Time Flies includes a range of images – abandoned cars, cemetery portrait sculpture, discarded family photographs - whose subjects bear witness to the passage of time and serve as a poignant meditation on the inevitable collapse of all material things, human or inanimate. In the Time Flies retrospective catalog essay, art historian Liz Wells suggests that Männikköʼs imagery moves “from social documentary towards a more expressionist formal aesthetic, and from the more specifically located to a more generalized engagement with the nature of existence.”

“In Männikköʼs vision of the north a polyphony of elements of place and community, brought into relation with each other, testify to the complexities of everyday living circumstances and the extraordinary cacophony of people, animals, material objects, botanical or industrial constituencies, textures and colors with which we are surrounded, even in the most makeshift of circumstances.

Esko Männikköʼs work is characterized by the unusual variety of found or handmade frames carefully selected to complement the details or subjects and transforming the photographs from into complete objects. The frames also serve as an ironic comment on the relationship between painting and photography. Mannikko also breaks convention in his distinctive installations featuring his photographs massed vertically on the wall or, more often, abutted together in a single line through the exhibition space. As Wells comments:

The touch of one frame to another operates within the blend yet, through the individuality of the frame, contributes to retaining distinctive thematic and visual textures. As such, Männikköʼs work stands as a clear example of intertextuality, and of the unpredictability of visual references and connections that we might make. It is this that renders his work immediate, memorable and existentially challenging.”

Recognized as Young Artist of the Year in Finland in 1995, Männikkö first gained international prominence with Far North, his portraits of isolated Finnish bachelors who epitomized a kind of loneliness and self-reliance. In 1996, he was awarded an ArtPace residency in San Antonio Texas, where he photographed the residents of two small Mexican-American communities on the US/Mexico border, resulting in the acclaimed series, Mexas. An ongoing series, Organized Freedom, focuses on abandoned houses resulting from rural depopulation throughout northern Finland.

Esko Männikkö has exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennial, the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Shanghai Museum of Art and the Tate Liverpool. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Foundation Cartier, the Moderna Museet and the Malmo Art Museum, among others. In addition to his current retrospective, he has been the subject of mid-career retrospectives at the Kursaal Art Museum, San Sebastian, Spain and Millesgården Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden. He has published three books including The Female Pike, which was selected for two compendiums of the most important books in the history of photography.

Today's News

January 30, 2015

Outcry in UK as Natural History Museum's Dippy goes the way of the dinosaurs

Seattle Art Museum and Clark Art Institute wager major works of art on Super Bowl XLIX

Exhibition recognises Alan Cristea's significant contribution to print publishing

Rediscovered preparatory work for one of Constable's most celebrated masterpieces soars to $5.2 million

The Story of Disneyland: Huge collection goes to auction celebrating 60 years of Disneyland

Banksy prints star as Bonhams Contemporary Auction fetches over £1 million

Exhibition of new paintings by Luc Tuymans opens at David Zwirner London

Hauser & Wirth to represent Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts worldwide

Exhibition of recent photographs by Vera Lutter opens at Gagosian Gallery in New York

Eli Wilner & Company framed a Benjamin-Constant for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Birmingham Museum of Art presents paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters

Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University appoints Caitlin Doherty as Curator

Exhibition of work by Harold "Doc" Edgerton opens at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Exhibition at Yancey Richardson presents a selection of works by Finnish photographer Esko Männikkö

Exhibition explores the relationship artists have with their own image

Kirsty Buchanan named new Curator for The Rockwell Museum

'Santu Mofokeng: A Metaphorical Biography' opens at The Walther Collection Project Space

A focus on quality keeps sales on track at London Art Fair 2015

Top comics festival honours Charlie Hebdo in France

First exhibition devoted to Kazuo Shiraga in juxtaposition with Satoru Hoshino opens at Dominique Lévy

Nanette Jacomijn Snoep appointed new Director of the State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony

Lamplighters keep London's history burning

Exhibition of works by Mark Leckey opens at Haus der Kunst

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

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
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
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