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Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

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At the heart of Cezanne lies a sense of disquiet: a homelessness haunting the vividness, an anxiety underlying the appeal of colour. After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the new government closed American-owned nightclubs and consolidated the island’s recording industry under a state-run monopoly. 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. Tipping over into photography, dissolving the boundaries between exterior and interior spaces, closed world or open world, forgetting oneself in a suspended time.

A collection of seventy-five images that connect one realm with the next, this volume shows that beyond the marvelous colorist that he is, Gruyaert’s images also depict a photographer’s vision of the world. Harry Gruyaert is renowned for his photographs of India, Morocco and Egypt as well as of the west of Ireland, and for his use of colour.And we also have in the window the reflection of what is behind the photographer – trees and cars and street signs.

A text by David Campany examines the photographer's singular approach and positioning, which is "in the space of the threshold (where) we are balanced, neither in nor out, present but in neither place. By continuing your navigation on this site, you accept the use of cookies, which we use to better understand your expectations and offer you services adapted to your interests. Between them is another window looking to a subway platform on the far side where two nuns talk to a woman and a young boy.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.

Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds dissolves the boundaries between exterior and interior spaces, a closed world and one that is open to elsewhere. A bit later, Campany continues, “For Gruyaert, making threshold images means bringing together different light levels and different color temperatures. Meet Monsieur Benoit, who appeared suddenly in Paris with a scheme for telegraphing messages across the world (or, at least, across the room) by means of electricity and the telepathic power of snails, and actually raised the money to build this extraordinary machine. No matter the setting, the country or the era, Gruyaert deploys a luminous alchemy suspended in time.Richard Smith (1931-2016) was one of the most original painters of his generation, and one of the most underrated.

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. There is the story from the observer, the story from the two inside the car (the looks on their faces speak volumes), the story from the four the far distance.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. 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. 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.

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