Will McBride, Magnum Contact Sheets, Picture Yourself…

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The previously announced re-opening of C|O Berlin gallery hosts four different exhibitions. Here is an idea of what to expect in the new rooms at Amerika Haus. We can confirm, the installations are amazing, the photo selection is amazing, too.
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Photography: Re-Opening of C/O Berlin Gallery

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Today was the press event of C|O Berlin’s re-opening, the photo gallery that had to close down in the famous building in Berlin’s Mitte district. After a long search and overcoming a lot of obstacles they found a new place in Charlottenburg with history in the city: the Amerika Haus. Magnum Contact Sheets, Will McBride, Luise Schröder and Picture Yourself (including photographers like Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden or Steve McCurry) are the four exhibitions that open another chapter in the life of this amazing photography gallery. Opening on Thursday, 30. Oct 2014.

Thomas Hoepker, Elliott Erwitt and Will McBride – all part of the exhibitions – were attending today’s event with around 300 journalists and photographers.
(All photos by Jenne)
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Video: Andrew Schoultz — ‘Broken Order’ at Ruttkowski;68

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We are happy to announce that Andrew Schoultz is another awesome artist on our list for JB. #03. A big feature with the California-based artist is currently in the works. Check out the elaborate screen print he just made with our friends from Draw A Line. And here is a nice video clip from his current solo show at Ruttkowski;68 in Köln!

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Ian Johnson @ Park Life, SF

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JB. fellow artist Ian M Johnson has a show at Park Life, SF right now. It will be up until Nov 9th in their store in the Mission. With Stars That Shine Darkly, Ian is presenting a new body of paintings and drawings. By the way, he will be featured in our upcoming issue JB. #03 that we are already announcing since forever. But yeah, these projects need time and careful fostering, it’s the slow food among the stale sludge. We’re getting there!

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Photography: Swiss Photographer René Burri Died

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René Burri, who became an associate of Magnum agency at the age of 23, died on Monday in Zurich aged 81. He had been suffering from a long illness. His most famous and iconic photo was of Che Guevara during an exclusive interview, but also his portraits of Picasso, Castro or Le Corbusier can be mentioned all in one breath, to just talk about well known shots here.
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Works by Trevor Paglen in Berlin

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There is the chance to see a few works by the artist and investigative photographer Trevor Paglen in Berlin at the moment. He is part of the group show at Akademie der Künste where his works are curated as a dialogue between him and Harun Farocki, who passed away earlier this year. The entire show Schwindel der Wirklichkeit has impressive works and is really recommended.

Paglen’s work is based on modern investigative journalism and deals with surveillance, spying, warfare and weapons technology and shows things that should remain secret to the public. He is also part of the Memory Lab show at Martin-Gropius-Bau which is a participating event of the Month of Photography.
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László Moholy-Nagy at the Bauhaus Archiv Berlin

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Nothing to add here. The ingenious work by the most favorite artist László Moholy-Nagy is getting honored with an exhibition for another time at Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin. It includes a number of contemporary artists and has been prepared in collaboration with the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. I would love to move in for that time before I move over to his Meisterhaus, living in a Moholy-Nagy environment would be heaven! (All images: Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, VG Bildkunst)
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Europäischer Monat der Fotografie, Berlin

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Europäischer Monat der Fotografie or European Month of Photography is kicking off tomorrow, 16. Oct. 2014 with the official opening at Martin-Gropius-Bau with the exhibition Memory Lab — The Sentimental Turn.
You will see everything, and you will miss a bunch: 125 locations, 250 exhibitions, 500 artists. But you have a couple of weeks to explore your favorites or meet the unknown. One of the main attractions for Berlin’s photography playground will be the reopening of C|O Gallery at the Amerika Haus on Hardenbergstraße. Works by Will McBride, the Magnum Contact Sheets and Luise Schröder & Hannah Peterson from the Talents30 program will be on display. Really looking forward to seeing that place blossoming again.
(Picture: Inge Morath, NY, 1957)

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New Book by Ed Templeton: Wayward Cognition

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The new book by Ed Templeton he realized at Thomas Campbell’s Um Yeah Arts just got released. We just met Ed in Cologne in August and saw a selection of photos at the Photobook Museum. He recently put up an all new website where you can see what he is all about, not only photography is on his artistic map. The book Wayward Cognitions is showing photos from his archive in a span of twenty years and comes with a hardcover and 160 pages packed with his classic style of photos. Available through UYA or any other selected book store soon.
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Andrew Schoultz @ Ruttkowski;68, Cologne

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Andrew Schoultz is an LA-based artist (we spoke about him earlier and his responding works to Paul Klee) who has his roots in graffiti, went to art school in San Francisco, Juxtopoz cover artist, familiar with the skate scene, who creates some of his best works when anger is involved, he says. This week on 10. October 2014 he is opening his show at Ruttkowski;68 Gallery in Cologne.
Andrew also has another print in the works with our friends from Draw A Line after he created Last Hand past May. If you’re around in the West of Germany around the city of Cologne you might consider going there on Friday, but the show will be up until 16.11.2014. It’s really great art.
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A Classic: Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel

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It’s time for a classic today. On some social streams they call it #tbt but that timing hasn’t been intended here. I saw a show at Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco back in March this year, one of the most impressive works – at least to me – by Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan were on show, the photograph series of painted billboards – Evidence. Billboards with false utopias, painted or glued in public space, they sort of became the early public artists in this manner. It is about the idea of reaching out to an audience extending far beyond the art world crowd, but that was in the 70s, no internet invloved. Learn more here.

And while researching about this and the amazing Wirtz Gallery, I found out that it closed down last August after 35 years in business. Something more on that in one of the next posts. This gallery, and I have been there a bunch on my SF visits, was one of the main spots to support photography in the art world and held shows of Man Ray, Lazslo Moholy-Nagy, Willard Van Dyke, Harold Edgerton, Ralph Steiner, Todd Hido, Catherine Wagner, Sean McFarland…
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Win Tickets for Mark Ernestus pres. Jeri-Jeri @ HAU, Berlin on Wednesday 01. October 2014

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Ticket giveaway!
This Wednesday, 01.10.2014, Mark Ernestus & Jeri-Jeri are playing a concert at HAU in Berlin. For those who don’t know, this music has its origin in Senegal and the Gambia and has a long lived musical tradition, Jeri-Jeri is the name of a clan of sabar drummers and even more precisely in this context a project produced by Mark Ernestus. “Make no mistake, this is not sanitized music for the feel-good market or African-flavoured dub techno – this is Nda!a. Or more commonly named Mbalax.”

You can win 2 tickets/guest-list spots for this event on Wednesday, 01. October 2014 at HAU Theater in Berlin, Hallesches Ufer 32.
Send us an email to mag[at]justbreathe.de with the subject Jeri-Jeri until Tuesday, 6 pm or like this post on our FB page.

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“Propeller Island” – Skatevideo Premier Today!

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Our friend Jo Peters has finished a new video. Premiere is tonight in Berlin, Neukölln at Dschungel on Friedelstraße. We’ve been involved in the background and are really looking forward to seeing the new jam!

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Photos From the Collective Futures Opening

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The opening of the Collective Futures Berlin installation yesterday was a good one. It was packed and a lot of fun, good to see so many folks and friends. Here are a few impressions of the space, art and the people. Featured artists: Drury Brennan (cups and blanket), Palefroi (prints, books), Ina Weise (installation, prints), Yoko Seyama (light installation), Jenne Grabowski (photos).
The show will be up until Sunday, 28.09., everyday from 11-18 h. We will do a radio show on Berlin Community Radio today (26.09.) from 17-19 h. Tune in!
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Exhibition: Collective Futures Berlin

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Our friends from Colectivo Futuro from London are setting up this exhibition at BCR Berlin with an art show and a couple of music related events and radio streaming. JB. Magazine has teamed up with them, issue #02 will be available for free as long as our stock lasts and I am involved in the art exhibition showing black and white photos (see a few images below). Opening is on Thursday, 25. September 2014 at 5 pm @ BCR, Pflügerstr. 52.

There will be an after party at the nice restaurant Parker Bowles which is kicking off at 10:30 pm. You can join us for a late dinner or you just come around and have drinks and listen to good music with DJs from the Colectivo gang.

All photos © Jenne Grabowski / JB. 2014
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New Palace Video: Endless Bummer

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Above all the hype that people can make up about a brand, I always see Will Bankhead’s great artwork and lots of extremely good street skating and a specific and 90s referencing yet fresh way of filming and editing. Classic Palace Skateboards style – they just know how to put it straight. Best title by the way.

ENDLESS BUMMER from PALACE on Vimeo.

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John Severson’s Book “Surf”

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John Severson is a founding father of American surf culture and started the first major magazine dedicated to wave riding, Surfer. He just published a book simply called Surf, published by Damiani/PUKA PUKA which covers his life as a painter, photographer, filmer and publisher. He founded Surfer magazine in 1960 which became the first mag to celebrate the art and sport of surfing.
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Cleon Peterson in October’s Issue of Juxtapoz

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The artist Cleon Peterson who realized a couple of art prints with our friends from Draw A Line this year is featured in the October issue of Juxtapoz with an interview and his artwork on the cover.
“Most of the advertising we’re confronted with in the world says, “Buy into this because it’s good and will make your life better.” That’s not the function of my art. I want to present things that are cognitively dissonant, ideas that make the viewer have to think critically about the ethical, moral, and historical roles we all play in the world.”
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Photography: Katja Kremenic

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Really loving the work of Katja Kremenic, especially her grainy black and white shots. I gathered a selection of b/w photos here from her portfolio filed under “personal” which works as a kind of travel log but of course there is more on her website, even bold colors! Katja grew up in Croatia and is currently based in Berlin.
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Celeste Najt @ Okazi Gallery, Berlin

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My friend Celeste Najt from Buenos Aires has a show coming up this Friday. Future Expectations, Everlasting Nostalgia. It’s her first solo show in Berlin presenting her most recent work, collages and sculptures. I visited her and helped installing her pieces at the nice Okazi Gallery in Berlin-Lichtenberg, who presented the works of Andrew Pommier this summer.
Here are a few images from the gallery space. Opening is on Friday, 12. September 2014, 7 pm. You might have some future expectations…
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Photography: Garry Winogrand

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It was long overdue to feature his work on JB.: one of the most intriguing photographers of all time to me is Garry Winogrand (1928 – 1984), he was so radical in is habits as a photographer, you can feel blessed if you have the option of visiting a show of his. There is a show during this summer at the MET Museum of Art in New York. Winogrand was born in the Bronx, often associated with Diane Arbus or Lee Freidlander, he shot a couple million photographs in his career. There is a Lee Friedlander & Pierre Bonnard show in Cologne right now including a couple portfolios that can be reviewed on the second floor with one of Garry Winogrand among others.
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Art: Eske Kath

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Nice large-scale paintings by danish artist Eske Kath. Sweet graphic style and great use of colors in her surreal landscapes that are obviously showing catastrophic events in urban areas. /Via artsy
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Collective Futures in Berlin, 25 – 28 Sept. 2014

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Collective Futures is coming to Berlin. The international and interdisciplinary art project initiated by our friends in London – Colectivo Futuro with Miguel Colmenares leading the way – is coming to the city with a collaborative event including an exhibition, radio streaming and creative interaction. We are happy to be a creative partner of this event and to exhibit some pieces and present JB. Magazine throughout the four days at the Berlin Community Radio studio in Neukölln. We will keep you posted about what’s going on during these four days.

Participating artists are Drury Brennan from LA, Ina Weise from Dresden, the duo Palefroi from France and Yoko Seyama from Tokyo. And: Café Kraft will serve fresh pour over coffee on the spot.
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Joel Meyerowitz @ Galerie Springer, Berlin

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Today is the opening of a gallery show in Berlin of one of my favourite photographers: Joel Meyerowitz. It is kind of the silent opener to his large retrospective in Düsseldorf later this month which will also be the biggest museum show he ever had. Galerie Springer shows some older works of Meyerowitz who is talked about as the most important figure in the New Color Photography of the 60s and 70s in America alongside William Eggleston and Stephen Shore.

His street photography can simply be described as “a little bit of everything” in each of the images, scenes as they occur almost without a particular focus in the image structure but always with a high contrast and the right balance. By the way, we will have a little Q&A with Meyerowitz in our JB. issue #03.
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Out & About With Julie Oppermann

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Ever heard of Julie Oppermann? She is a cheerful soul, powerful, an artist pushing the limits of visual perception. Julie is making paintings that are physically difficult to perceive, playing around with Moire patterns that occur by repetitive transferring of contrasting colors through line or dot patterns. Her work is mesmerizing, testing your eyes’ abilities, making your brain projecting things that are not there. Her background is science as she studied neuro science but decided to go 100 % into making art at some point after she finished university. Now she is able to intertwine both worlds.

For an interview for JB. issue #03 we met Julie at her home which his also the studio space until she moves into a new place soon. We went on a journey throughout the day in Neukölln and Kreuzberg, riding our bikes across Tempelhof airport to have coffee on our way to the Science Center Spectrum where we spent the entire afternoon exploring the scientific world and experimenting with anything they had to offer there. Full story is coming up in our printed issue, and here you get a glimpse on what you can expect.
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