Living Photographs

Thank to Dr. Chiu, the Chairman of the Photography department at Tung Fang Design Institute, conducted wonderful art talk during the opening session by introduction the artwork of using tens of thousands of people such as Living Photographs in early 19 Century.   It’s very valuable information to encourage people to more understand the 175-years of photography history since 1839.  This is a big initiation into photography education in Taiwan.  Through this exhibition to give young generation artists more creation ways of photographic works.

In 1919 ad era of United States photographer Arthur Mole and his friend John Thomas, famous for his series of “living photographs” made during World War I. For these photographs, Mole and his partner, John Thomas, used tens of thousands of soldiers, reservists, and nurses – and arranged them in various patriotic symbols.  From the 80 foot high viewing tower (2450 cm) where Artist stood, to figure out the exact number of soldiers needed for each pattern to create these wonderful works of art.

People from Heilongjiang China are an expansive, optimistic, generous, brave, and dares characteristic.  Photographer Zhang Bojin spent seven years has involved wandering the streets and taking pictures of people as they pass by.  People are the key element in his creation of work.  People are characterized as vanished figure, and degraded as a medium of viewing. It presents well of the real situation of being a Chinese.

overview-Zhang Bojin

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Everyone is A Mirror of Mine by Zhang Bojun

Public On-View:2014/04/12 (Sat) ~ 05/25 (Sun)
Opening Reception/Art Talk:2014/04/12 (Sat) 14:30
Venue:1839 Contemporary Gallery (Tel: 02-2778-8458)
B1, 120 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan ROC

1839 Contemporary Gallery hold an exhibition “ Everyone is A Mirror of Mine” photographs by Zhang Bojin who is from Heilongjiang, China.  Within this project, Mr. Zhang spent over seven (7) years to complete it.  In the past 7 years Mr. Zhang has involved wandering the streets and taking pictures of people as they pass by.  He has observed their bodies and the tired expression on their faces, wondered all the time wondering where they were going to or where they had come from.  Everyone Mr. Zhang encountered as he took all these photographs is a mirror of himself. He saw all of us when he looked in the mirror. That is reason he named this project as “WE” and the theme as “US”.

Opening reception is scheduling in the afternoon start 14:30 on Saturday, April 12.  After then, gallery holds the docent tour by Dr. Chiu the Chairman of the Photography department at Tung Fang Design Institute.

Everyone is A Mirror of Mine by Zhang Bojun Solo Exhibition

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Ticket Giveaway

Special offer free admission tickets of 2014 TAIWAN PHOTO for guests who come to the opening reception more than five various exhibitions hold by 1839 Contemporary Gallery.

2014 TAIWAN PHOTO tickets giveaway

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Mit Familiar oversize book 26″x30″


First edition GALERIE VEVAIS, 2012. 140 pp., 70 color and tritone illustrations, 30¼”x26¼”.

A little over 10 years ago you could have bought Newton’s “Sumo” book for $1,200.00, today I have seen it priced over $8,000.00. It was an edition of 10,000.00.

This Jock Sturges’ book is an edition of only 500. If you think you will be able to buy Jock’s newest masterpiece for under $2,500.00 ten years from now….that could be very wishful thinking.

Limited offer with best-buy price only NTD$54,000

Familiär by Jock Sturges

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Extends Popular Exhibition of Photographs by Jock Sturges

Thanks to the enormous popularity of the Jock Sturges photography exhibit at 1839 Contemporary Gallery.
The gallery has extended the show till the 6th of April.

Free docent tour is available during the weekend and holidays.  Please feel free to call-in for booking.

Docent Tour_Jock Sturges

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Docent Tour on March 23 @14:00

Docent tour is free and tour starts at 14:00 last 30-40 minutes on Sunday, 23rd of March. Lectured by:  Dr. Edward Chiu (Tung Fang Design University, the Director of Department of Photography Preparatory)

decent tour_03.23

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Jock Sturges Photography Exhibition

Jock Sturges exhibition

Public on-view|2014 /2/22 (Sat) ~ 3/30 (Sun)
Opening Reception│2/22 (Sat) at 14:30 ~
Art Talk by Dr. Edward Chiu (Tung Fang Design University, the Director of Department of Photography Preparatory)
Venue|1839 Contemporary Gallery (T: 2778 8458) 

Jock Sturges  (American, b.1947) is best known for his intimate, arresting photographs, often of nude adolescent girls erotically posed in nature. Born in New York City, Sturges studied at Marlboro College in Vermont, and later received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In his luminous, detailed photographs, Sturges captures images of young women and their families at nude beaches in France and California. His photographs portray his subjects with a self-awareness of their developing adult identity and sexuality. Sturges makes it a point, however, to stress the trusting, personal relationship between himself, his subject, and his subject’s family as essential to his work. 

He has photographed some subjects over a series of decades, tracing their growth into adults, as well as created images of families spanning several generations. Sturges has attracted a significant amount of controversy over his works, which some deem as crossing a boundary in using children in his erotic imagery, but he continually receives public support against such criticisms. Sturges has published several books of his photographs, and his work is in the collections of the Phildelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Denver Museum of Art, the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Museum Ludwig in Berlin, and the Musée de la Louvière in Brussels. He currently resides in Seattle, WA.

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Nude: Selected Photographs 1924 ~2013

Nude, 1924-2013

On View Exhibition | 2014.2/22 (Sat) ~ 3/12 (Wed)
Reception| 2/22 (Sat) 14:30
Venue | 1839 Little Gallery

Under the operation of the lens, how much we understand the human body changes? And how we change the way to watch the human body? It’s been over 175 years till today since the invention of photography in 1839, the human body is one of general projects for most photographic artists portrayed.  It’s been influence the way to portray the subjects with a self-awareness of their developing human body and sexuality.

“Nude the body shape, selected photographs in 1924 to 2013 from renowned photographers’ work i.e. Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, Ruth Bernhard, Joyce Tenneson, Bud Fraker, Herb Ritts, and Sandy Skoglund as well from oversea galleries collected nude, those are exhibited and rendered at 1839 Little Gallery.

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Exhibition Extended

May you have wonderful 2014 Chinese Lunar New Year (a year of Horse) celebrating with your families~

The exhibition “US & European Contemporary Photography” now being held at 1839 Contemporary Gallery as well as the exhibition “Milton Huang Photography Exhibition” being held at 1839 Little Gallery, both exhibitions have been well received by the public.

To enable more people to visit the exhibition during the Spring Festival (Chinese Lunar New Year holidays), the 1839 Contemporary gallery has extended both exhibitions period until Sunday, February 16th.

Those who have not yet seen the exhibitions should grab this final chance to see Asia’s largest display to date of photographs from over 30+ artists within 12 countries.

2014_spring festival_s

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emotional response│Tom Chambers

Public on-view|2013 /12/14  (Sat) ~ 2014/2/9 (Sun)
Venue|1839 Contemporary Gallery (T: 2778 8458) 

Tom Chambers (USA) his work has been shown nationally and internationally through solo and group exhibitions, as well as in a wide range of print and online publications. 

I would like my work to elicit an emotional response, a moment when the viewer connects, and the story unfolds from within–based on one’s identity and feelings. I am not asking my work to be believable in any literal or representational way, but I am hoping it encourages the viewer to consider my work on an emotional level”. – Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers

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