Monday, June 30, 2008


This popular exhibition of Contemporary Women Photographers shooting women as subject matter has been extended through to July 31rst, 2008. Viewing Hours are seven days a week, 24 hours each day at The Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave (at 47th Street) in New York City. (212) 755-1400.

Please visit all pages of this blog, including Older Posts, or click on the Table of Contents to the right. Every photographer is represented and links to websites are accessible by clicking on the artist's name immediately following the Title. A catalogue is available.

Marisa Portolese

Belle de Jour, Amelie by Marisa Portolese

The human body, contemporary portraiture, and the figure in landscape are the direct base to my artistic practice. Belle de Jour is a series of 30 large-scale photographs depicting women in various states of undress, masquerading different roles. The portraits are carefully orchestrated to present the viewer to present the viewer a world of girls who tease the line of the voyeur. These images expose a budding female sexuality,and call into question an idealized vision of femininity.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Joanne Kim

Self Portrait In Bed by Joanne Kim

My work in self portraiture is driven by an interest in feminist issues and their representation in art. I study the body in relationship to its environment and to power structures. How we respond to these relationships is integral to the imagery as well.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Wendy Marvel

Through The Looking Glass by Wendy Marvel

In my most current body of work, I use self-portraiture and the female figure to explore image consciousness in Western culture. Working with video, photography, digital and traditional media I explore both the commercial use of the female form and the idealization of women. My favorite themes are mixing fantasy and mortality...imagery that bridges the surreal associations of waking and dream life.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cheryl Himmelstein

Monica At School by Cheryl Himmelstein

No matter how similar or different our backgrounds may be, no matter how much we vary in our beliefs, fears and dreams,there is that common thread of human experience that connects us all. The most compelling images come together when an environment and the natural light found in it say something about where a particular subject is in their life at that moment. My wish is to stop time with photography to provide an opportunity for my viewers to think about where my subject had been and where they are headed.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Opening Reception April 4,2008

Top Photo (from left to right): David Solo (collector), James Knowles (owner, Roger Smith Hotel), Molly Barnes (art dealer), Brian Clamp (ClampArt), Paul Amador (Cohen Amador Gallery), Karen Florek (curator) and Norine Perreault (photographer).

2nd from Top: Lydia Panas (photographer), Molly Barnes, Karen Florek and Aline Smithson (photographer).

3rd from Top: Marisa Portolese (photographer) and Karen Florek.

Bottome Photo: Aline Smithson and her daughter, Charlotte in front of Aline's portrait of Charlotte entitled, "Fur".

Also in attendance, but not pictured: Diana Edkins (Aperture Foundation), John Bennett (collector), MaryAnn Fahey and Margaret Bodell (Umbrella Arts), Dominique Paul (photographer)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rachael Dunville

Il Poggio by Rachael Dunville

The gaze of the artist at his female muse has been ingrained in us, socially, from very early on. My subjects likely feel the same intense affection and attraction pointed in their direction as all other modes throughout history have, and I realize that as a young woman doing the gazing, I am upending the relationship as it has traditionally stood. Everyone responds to that energy differently. When someone takes his or her clothes off it is almost never a predetermined factor, but is more an evolution of desire. All of this is very interesting to me and, again, I allow that to unfold naturally.