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Re: Galina Manikova: June 4 - June 29, Sparkill, NY

On Sun, 18 May 2008, Diana Bloomfield wrote:

My daughter was doing a study abroad in Xiamen a couple of years ago, when Galina had (what I believe) was this same exhibit there at Xiamen University. She went to see it and was so impressed-- said the work/installation was just incredible--
Yes, Yes ! Galina had a sort of "residency" in China and a show there, another in Norway where she's living now, and this one here... with I think still another to come. But they're not the same work. She is awesomely creative and prolific. For instance for the current show (I may be off on some details, but here's the gist:) she's including a row of giant portraits on fabric in cyanotype. I can't tell from the card how large, but my guess would be the heads are at least 3 feet tall with narrow banners in Chinese in red and black between them. (Probably more info on the website.)

But she ran out of fabric & ferric am. citrate before completing the project (just try carrying chemicals onto a plane!) & came to NYC over the weekend to get more, also to touch base with a couple of New Yorkers ... On Saturday, three of us went to see the cliche verre show at the NY Public Library....Marvelous ! I MUST get some of (all of? OK, dreaming) the junk out of my life and do that. These were by Corot, Daubigny, Millet ... albumen and salt prints... Whoever is within a range of, say, 1000 miles should see them, through June 28. (I didn't find the prints as spectacular as a similar show in Soho during the winter, but this is what we have now & worth the trip.)

There's another photo show, "Eminent Domain," at the library also, some interesting photos of buildings and store fronts by 4 photographers, but clearly hung by book people, who think all photographs are interchangeable so you couldn't tell what was the work of whom. (Also, the 3 of us being "alt" photographers, found them disconcertingly tight/sharp... we would have liked them better a little softer.)

PS. My history of painting book, grabbed in a hurry, cites Corot as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, tho I think that's now shortened... in any event, the library wall labels called him Camille Corot throughout, which one of the label writers took for a woman....referring to "she" and "her." (But French names do things like that, n'est-ce pas?)