Danny Lyon (American, b. March 16, 1942) is a photographer and filmmaker. Lyon grew up in Queens, NY, and earned a BA at the University of Chicago in 1963. He published his photographs for the first time in the same year while working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. A book about the Southern civil rights movement, titled The Movement, featured his photographs. In 1967, Lyon started to create his own books, starting with a study of outlaw motorcyclists called The Bikeriders. During this period, he also became a member of the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club and spent time traveling with them.
In 1969, Lyon created The Destruction of Lower Manhattan. The project was a compilation of photographs that illustrated the massive demolition throughout the Lower Manhattan area in 1967. Although the book initially sold for US$1, it became a collector's item and was reprinted in 2005. Lyon then took on a project that consisted of photographing six prisons from 1967 to 1968. Included with the photographs was text about the state of the situations. The project was titled Conversations with the Dead, and Holt Publishing printed the book in 1971. While working on the project, Lyon was able to get to know many of the prisoners. He was a clear participant in the New Journalism movement, where the photographer immersed himself into the situation and became a participant of the subject matter of the work.
In 1969, Lyon was the recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for photography, and he also received the award for filmmaking in 1979. His solo exhibitions have taken place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Lyon also founded the photography group Bleak Beauty. viaartnet.com
"A cowboy walks into a bar and says to the bartender, "Who's the asshole who owns this shithole?" - RICHARD PRINCE
COWBOYS is an exhibition of Richard Prince’s Cowboy paintings. Over the last thirty years, the American cowboy has given rise to some of Prince’s most celebrated works. Dividing into several phases between the early 1980s and the present, his rephotographing of verité images inspired by cowboy Westerns and produced for the advertising industry, reveals as much about his shifting relationship to an American icon and its construction by the mass media as his use of evolving reprographic technologies.
For his first Cowboy paintings, which follow earlier series of Nurse paintings, Prince has again tapped pulp fiction for inspiration. Directly inspired by the covers and cover artwork of so-called “frontier books,” he has transferred to canvas greatly enlarged inkjet prints of scanned figures removed from their original settings. He then paints in, around, and over the prints in an uninhibited manner evocative of post-war American painting—from sedimentary layers and floating blocks of color to swipes and splatters of more animated moments.
At a glance, the Cowboy paintings are ironic appropriations intended to deconstruct both a regressive stereotype and the truth of uninhibited artistic gesture. But on closer scrutiny, there is an undeniable element of complicit pleasure in Prince’s masterfully casual renderings of figure and ground where the powerful male gunslingers are little more than pretexts or catalysts for free experimentation with paint. Lush, lurid abstract grounds, rapidly executed, replace the information of the former landscape backgrounds, intimating at various atmospheric conditions or temperaments: the vaporous pastels of a midday summer haze; a rosy dawn or a vermilion sunset; the fresh green depths of a mountain landscape, or the ominous dark of night. viaartcentron.com
Fetishbrought together two creative visionaries who, while operating in very different fields, often explore similar obsessions in their work. Both the shoe designer Christian Louboutin and the filmmaker David Lynch explore the taboos, forbidden desires and the extremes of human nature that lie hidden in the everyday stuff of life – from suburban American towns to high-heeled shoes.
Lynch originally approached Louboutin to design a series of shoes for an exhibition he was hosting at the Fondation Cartier inParis. Jettisoning all notions of practicality and comfort, the resulting shoes push the extremes of fetish with designs that include 26cm heels and Siamese heels (two shoes fused at the heel). These one-of-a-kind designs were the inspiration for a series of 21 photographs by Lynch, shown in the Garage’s special project space alongside the shoes themselves.
Born in Paris in 1964, Christian Louboutin is among the world’s best-known footwear designers. Recognisable by their signature red-lacquered soles, his creations often blur the line between high fashion and fetish.
Over the course of a career spanning more than 30 years, David Lynch has developed a filmmaking style that is utterly distinctive. Known for their surreal and sometimes nightmarish sequences, but also for their offbeat humour, his films have won many awards, including Academy Award nominations for The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001) and a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Wild at Heart (1990). Lynch has also exhibited as a painter and illustrator.