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"The Pencil of Nature" Exhibition

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"The Pencil of Nature" Exhibition

Time: July 1, 2010 to August 20, 2010
Location: Julie Saul Gallery
Street: 535 West 22 Street 6th Floor
City/Town: New York, NY 10011
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Phone: New York (USA): 212 627-2410
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Julie Saul Gallery
Latest Activity: Jun 28, 2010

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Event Description

Now, don't get too excited as it's not about the first commercial illustrated book of photographs published by Fox Talbot between 1844-1846. But a modern twist to it, which I thought might be worthwhile to mention in this blog.

The Pencil of Nature is a group exhibition exploring the dialogue between drawings and photographs. The title of this show is borrowed from Fox Talbot's first book of commercial photographs. He was motivated by way of his lack of skill in sketching. However, in the context of this group show, "the pencil of nature" alludes to the symbiotic relationship between photography and drawing in current practice.

As far back as the 1840s, painters used photographic studies as an aid. Many painters such as Corot and Degas have made their own photographs for use as studies as well as independent works. However, in the 150 years that have passed since the invention of photography, and with digital technology monopolizing the field, there seems to be a look back at the play between works on paper and photography. Certainly Rauschenberg can be seen as the patron saint of this vision, particularly with his use of manipulative techniques which form a hybrid of photography, drawing and printmaking. By singling out individual artists with unique visions who are all in some way straddling the media, it is hoped that we will have a new awareness of this historic alliance.

This show brings together artists who are fully aware of the history and uses of reproduction and graphic representation and work with them in a variety of innovative ways.

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