from The Poughkeepsie Journal, February 6, 2004
Juried show features ‘best of the best’ at Center for
Photography at Woodstock
by Nicole Edwards, Poughkeepsie Journal
Center for Photography at Woodstock offers a burst of color and an
expanse of activity in “Photography Now 2004,” a welcome
respite from the winter blahs.
of dwelling on the sheets of ice and snow that blanket the valley,
stop by Woodstock on Saturday for the opening of the annual exhibit,
in which soft pink flower petals blanket coiling octopus tentacles.
also find a range of techniques from artists interested in generating
viewer response. Others simply chose to treasure the essence of what
was once 1920s and 1930s glamour in their work.
images are what the center considers the “newest voices in photography.”
...More than 250 photographers from across the country and Canada
submitted work for “Photography Now.” Ariel Meyerowitz,
who runs Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery in New York City, was invited as
guest juror for the show. The work of eight artists was selected —
Catherine Day of Virginia, Jelisa Peterson of Utah, Peter Tytla of
Connecticut, Nate Larson of Chicago, Art Murphy and Lewis Silverman
of New York City, Liz Wolfe from Toronto and Doris Mitsch of California.
call is basically centered around doing a general survey looking at
what’s going on in photography now,” said Ariel Shanberg,
executive director for the Center of Photography. “We’re
simply looking for the best of the best.”
the past, the center used a theme for entries, such as one juried
exhibit titled “Beyond Words.” The subject matter had
to relate to what artists perceived as “unbelievable.”
made us change from that was that we felt jurors provided such interesting
perspectives,” Shanberg said. “We wanted to let their
opinions and perspectives emerge.”
center has had some of the industry’s top curators judge hundreds
of submissions, including Barbara Milstein, a former photography director
at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Debra Singer of the Whitney Museum
of American Art; and photographer Larry Fink and Sandra S. Phillips
from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.