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Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)
Thomas Struth, "Paradise 8 (Bloomfield track), Daintree, Australia," 1998. Black and white photograph, 69 7/8 x 87 1/4 inches (177.5 x 221.6 cm).*
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Photography After Form:
Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection
1 December 2010 – 6 March 2011
CIFO Art Space
1018 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
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The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is proud to present Inside Out, Photography After Form: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, an exhibition curated by Simon Baker and Tanya Barson from the Tate Modern in London.
Inside Out: Photography After Form includes over 90 photographs from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. It is one of a series of exhibitions that is organized on a yearly basis from the collection. For the first time in a few years, the exhibition focuses solely on the medium of photography and includes a significant portion of the photographic holdings from the collection, including many new acquisitions. The exhibition includes works by Uta Barth, Edward Burtynsky, Thomaz Farkas, Candida Höfer, Luisa Lambri, Germán Lorca, Gabriel Orozco, Paulo Pires, Ed Ruscha, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Fiona Tan, and many others.
The exhibtion explores the creative relationship between the camera lens and the construction, production and deconstruction of form; tracing the many and various ways in which form can and has been both produced and undone through the agency of the camera lens.
Rather than seeking to trace a lineage or make a chronological survey, the exhibition brings together contrasting images and bodies of work that reflect upon or examine the question of space and form from within and without, overturning preconceptions about the critical potential of the photographic medium.
Photography's experimental engagement with the formal possibilities of line, light and shadow in the real world are challenged and re-assessed through the work of post war conceptual and contemporary artists, who have engaged critically with modernism and its aftermath.
The exhibition is organized into three loose groupings (Form, Space, and Formlessness). They are not intended as strict categories, but rather as ways of looking at the same question in different ways: from a straightforward engagement with the play of form (the complex interrelation of resemblance, coincidence and misrecognition); through explorations of instability and ambiguity (including reversals of perspective and problems with space); to the dissolution of form into abstraction (the collapse of defined structures into formlessness, whether only for a fleeting moment, or after the relentless attrition of the passage of time).
About the Curators
Dr. Simon Baker is Curator of Photography and International Art from the Tate Modern in London. He is the Tate's first curator of photography. He has researched and written extensively on surrealism, photography, and contemporary art.
Tanya Barson is Curator of International Art from the Tate Modern in London. She joined the Tate in 1997 as one of a team of curators focusing on contemporary art (post-1960), working principally on acquisitions and on the opening displays of the permanent collection at Tate Modern.
Special Events During Art basel Miami Beach
Wednesday, December 1
10:30am Artist Talk: Luisa Lambri and Douglas Fogle
Artist Luisa Lambri discusses her work within the context of the exhibition with Douglas Fogle, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs of the Hammer Museum, UCLA.
Thursday, December 2
10am Kreëmart presents Los Carpinteros: Brazo gitano
Participate in a cake performance by contemporary Cuban collective, Los Carpinteros.
11am Gallery tour with exhibition curators Simon Baker and Tanya Barson
Enjoy a personal tour of Inside Out: Photography After Form with CIFO's guest curators Simon Baker and Tanya Barson, Curators from the Tate Modern in London.
Saturday, December 4
8pm Miami premiere of William Kentridge: Anything is Possible
Outdoor screening of PBS Art:21's documentary about renowned South African artist William Kentridge. Space is limited, RSVP required.
CIFO's presentation of William Kentridge: Anything is Possible has been made possible in part by Northern Trust, Southern Audio Visual, and Bacardi.
CIFO is a non-profit organization established in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and her family to foster cultural and educational exchange within the visual arts. CIFO is dedicated to the support of emerging and mid-career contemporary multidisciplinary artists from Latin America through its Grants and Commissions Programs.
Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Special hours during Art Basel Miami Beach:
Wednesday, December 1 – Sunday,
December 5: 9am -4pm
Photo by Vieri Tomaselli.