Art in Print

Shortlist announced for Taylor Wessing portrait prize


The National Portrait Gallery in London announced that three photographers will compete for this year’s Taylor Wessing portrait prize across a strikingly diverse range of subjects: surfers, orthodox Jews and school uniforms.


The US photographer Joni Sternbach is nominated for a series called Surfland, in which she uses early photographic processes to give contemporary images a Victorian feel. Sternbach, who was born in the Bronx in New York, is a visiting artist at the Cooper Union art school and a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and the Penumbra Foundation, where she teaches courses in wet plate collodion, a 19th-century process.


Kovi Konowiecki was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and initially pursued a career in professional football. He was once part of the youth academy at 1860 Munich, played in Israel before returning to the US and then moving to London, where he studied for an MA in photography at the University of the Arts. He is shortlisted for two images from his series Bei Mir Bistu Shein, which portrays orthodox Jews from around the world.


The third nominee is the Swiss-Italian photographer Claudio Rasano for an image of 18-year-old South African student Katlehong Matsenen. The picture is from a series called Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare. Rasano said he was exploring issues of individuality. “Children themselves have been known to rebel against uniforms, especially as they approach the awkward age characterised by the need to fit in and the desire to stand out all at the same time.”


After the winner of the £15,000 prize is announced on 15 November, the shortlisted works will form part of a wider prize show at the National Portrait Gallery between 17 November and 26 February.


Via the Guardian


Arts deserve more funds for surviving cuts, says ex-minister


Britain’s longest-serving culture minister has urged his own government to offer the arts more funding. Ed Vaizey, who served as shadow arts minister then arts minister for the Conservatives believes that arts bodies should be rewarded for having to deal with cuts and should receive a funding boost. Vaizey said


“What government gives the arts is very small, and I’m going to call for an increase,” he said. “At the very least we should recognise that, given the cuts we imposed, the arts have responded pretty heroically.”


Via The Times


The Infinite Mix


The Infinite Mix  is a collaboration between the Vinyl Factory and the Hayward Gallery takeing place in an immense, labyrinthine, leaky, graffitied, disused office block on the Strand, which has been filled with ten films. Time Out gives the show 5 stars saying,


“Get over the boundaries and the pointless constraints. If you do that, you’ll find ten of the most engaging pieces of visual art you’ll see together all year. They’re full of passion, innovation, love, cleverness and emotion.” 
Via Time Out