Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

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Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

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But the idea of holding multiple levels of now as being simultaneously present is fascinating and maddening and finally deeply rewarding in a way that is impossible to reduce to a single topic or thesis statement. No matter the setting, the country or the era, Gruyaert deploys a luminous alchemy suspended in time. As Barbara Rose said of Smith’s major Tate Gallery retrospective in 1975, he was ‘at once in and out of touch with the currents of the mainstream … au courant and aloof at the same time. A note from FRAMES: if you have a forthcoming or recently published book of photography, please let us know. Over the past century, Cuban music has produced a seemingly endless variety of styles―rumba, mambo, son, salsa―at a dizzyingly fast rate.

It is impossible, looking at this picture, to confidently place where everything in the image is in relationship to each other. Prof David Alan Mellor investigates and explains the Anglo-American cultural contexts that drove Smith’s art, while Alex Massouras’s two themed essays, ‘Young and British’ and ‘From Motion Pictures to Flight’, explore Smith’s originality from fresh perspectives.Hilariously funny, sometimes rather sad, but invariably interesting, this is a superbly diverting book. And we also have in the window the reflection of what is behind the photographer – trees and cars and street signs.

A Magnum photographer and renowned colorist, Harry Gruyaert has been traveling the world for over forty years. Dissolving the boundaries between the exterior and interior, Between Worlds offers just such a sensory immersion. A penetrating analysis of the work of one of the most influential painters in the history of modern art by one of the world’s most respected art historians. One of the things that’s fascinating about this collection is the way every image has multiple narrative lines.The green walls the red chair are a compositionally wonderful pairing, the frame within a frame of the glassless window isolates the narrative outside. As a Senior Curator at Tate, Dr Chris Stephens knew Smith well, and he contributes a wide-ranging introduction to Smith’s art and life. His powers of persuasion clearly exceeded those of Colonel Baker, who seemed the personification of Victorian solidity until that embarrassing incident in the sealed railway compartment, where he failed to entice Miss Dickinson to join in his bit of fun, and afterwards had to try and explain his conduct to the High Court, with the whole nation hanging on his every word. In his new book Between Worlds, the artist assembles his archives to deliver the essence of his visual writing: a luminous alchemy at the service of immersion in the image.

Renato Cisneros digs into his own family history to understand and demystify the figure of ‘El Gaucho’: the controversial Secretary during the regime of Francisco Morales Bermúdez and, shortly after, the country’s Minister of War. A simpler image from Gao, Mali, in 1988 simply shows a vacant room, a glassless window, some fabric blowing in what is perhaps a breeze, a vacant red chair, and through the window opening people walking on a dirt street. The artwork here reflects both the cultural and musical depth of Cuba as well as the political influence of revolutionary communism. Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds dissolves the boundaries between exterior and interior spaces, a closed world and one that is open to elsewhere. Through the play of transparency and the mise en abyme of his images, Harry Gruyaert tells in Between Worlds the illusion of the world.

With a historical gazetteer, chronology of major events, index, bibliography and historical and contemporary maps, this book is an invaluable companion to students or visitors to the island.



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