The Shimmer of Possibility: The Helsinki School and the Expansion of Photography

Tuesday 19 February, 2013
6:30pm, $0/Rsvp

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue

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Lyle Rexer, professor at the School of Visual Arts and author of The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009), discusses the Helsinki School's contribution to the expanded field of contemporary photography.

About Lyle Rexer
Lyle Rexer (b. 1951) was educated at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and Merton College, Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including Photography's Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes (2002); Jonathan Lerman: The Drawings of an Artist with Autism (2002); How to Look at Outsider Art (2005); and The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009). In addition to his book projects, Rexer has published many catalogue essays dealing with contemporary artists and collections and contributes articles on art, architecture, photography, and culture to a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Aperture, Metropolis, Parkett, Tate, and Raw Vision, among others.

As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including Fernando Cánovas, a retrospective of the Argentine painter held at the Insitiut Valencia d'Art Modern (2007). For the Aperture Foundation he curated The Edge of Vision, an exhibition of contemporary abstract photography, which is traveling through 2013. Rexer teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a columnist for Photograph magazine.

About New Wave Finland
New Wave Finland: Contemporary Photography from the Helsinki School features the work of photographers and video artists from Finland's distinguished Helsinki School: Pasi Autio, Joakim Eskildsen, Tiina Itkonen, Hannu Karjalainen, Kalle Kataila, Anni Leppälä, Niko Luoma, Riitta Päiväläinen, and Mikko Sinervo. Established in 1995, the Helsinki School comprises selected alumni and faculty from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and is internationally recognized for its innovative approach to photography and inspiring roster of artists. New Wave Finland - co-curated by Timothy Persons and Pari Stave - brings together over 40 recent works by nine of the School's artists in an exploration of the state of contemporary photography in Finland.
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