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Kehrer Publishing presents ‘Connoisseurs & Academies’ by Karen Knorr

The ninth edition of Photo London is taking place from 16 through 19 May 2024 at Somerset House – once again showcasing extraordinary photographic works accompanied by a program with talks, book signings, and events in the heart of London. Also participating is Kehrer Publishing, which is presenting the illustrated book ‘Connoisseurs & Academies’ by Karen Knorr – a photographic survey of the magnificent architectural settings of museums, manor houses and academies.

Karen Knorr’s photographic series entitled ‘Connoisseurs & Academies’ brings back a kaleidoscope of memories: photographed between 1986 and 2005 with an analog camera, her images invite us to immerse ourselves into the intricate world of the history of museums and stately homes, of objects, paintings, connoisseurship, and the structures of academies. The use of animals as an allegorical motif is today embedded in Knorr’s practice, but they first appear in ‘Connoisseurs’, where a chimpanzee becomes the ‘Genius of the Place’.

We read on the website: “Karen’s work developed a critical and playful dialogue with documentary photography, using different visual and textual strategies to explore her chosen subject matter that ranges from the family and lifestyle to the animal and its representation in a museum context.”

In 1986, her work ‘Connoisseurs’ used color to explore connoisseurship regarding authenticity, heritage and art in England. To this end, she introduced elements and staged events in the architectural interiors of Chiswick House, Osterley Park House and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The use of text and captioning appeared as a device to slow down consumption of the image and to comment on the received ideas of fine art in museum culture. These strategies still appear in her photography today alongside digital collages of animals, objects and social stakeholders in museums and architecture challenging the authority and power of cultural heritage sites in Europe and more recently in India.

Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, and educated in Paris and London. She has taught, exhibited her work and held lectures internationally, including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, University of Westminster, Goldsmiths, Harvard and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Karen Knorr’s (b. 1954) works are in the collections of the Tate and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the SFMOMA, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, and the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) in Bangalore, to name a few.

PHOTO LONDON BOOK SIGNING
Friday, 17 May at 4pm
Kehrer Publishing, publishers, P04


PHOTO LONDON EXHIBITION
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, pavillon, G24

The artist is exhibiting with Sundaram Tagore Gallery at the fair as well as in the group exhibition Fields of Vision at Cromwell Place. Across the two sites, she is exhibiting works from the brand new series Scavi and recent editions to India Song.

Karen Knorr ‘Connoisseurs & Academies’
Texts by Sabina Jaskot-Gill, Jean Wainwright, designed by Kehrer Design (Laura Pecoroni),
cloth hardcover with dust jacket, 24 x 30 cm, 144 pages, 59 color illustrations.
ISBN 978-3-96900 - 157-8, € 48.00 / US$ 56.00

Exhibitions:
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York City, 25 April – 01 June 2024
Photo London 2024 with Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Paris Photo 2024 with Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, and Augusta Edwards Fine Art, London
Photographing 80s Britain: A Critical Decade Tate Britain, London, 21 Nov 2024 – 05 May 2025
 
14.05.2024 show complete article

 

Kehrer Publishing presents ‘Connoisseurs & Academies’ by Karen Knorr

The ninth edition of Photo London is taking place from 16 through 19 May 2024 at Somerset House – once again showcasing extraordinary photographic works accompanied by a program with talks, book signings, and events in the heart of London. Also participating is Kehrer Publishing, which is presenting the illustrated book ‘Connoisseurs & Academies’ by Karen Knorr – a photographic survey of the magnificent architectural settings of museums, manor houses and academies.

Karen Knorr’s photographic series entitled ‘Connoisseurs & Academies’ brings back a kaleidoscope of memories: photographed between 1986 and 2005 with an analog camera, her images invite us to immerse ourselves into the intricate world of the history of museums and stately homes, of objects, paintings, connoisseurship, and the structures of academies. The use of animals as an allegorical motif is today embedded in Knorr’s practice, but they first appear in ‘Connoisseurs’, where a chimpanzee becomes the ‘Genius of the Place’.

We read on the website: “Karen’s work developed a critical and playful dialogue with documentary photography, using different visual and textual strategies to explore her chosen subject matter that ranges from the family and lifestyle to the animal and its representation in a museum context.”

In 1986, her work ‘Connoisseurs’ used color to explore connoisseurship regarding authenticity, heritage and art in England. To this end, she introduced elements and staged events in the architectural interiors of Chiswick House, Osterley Park House and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The use of text and captioning appeared as a device to slow down consumption of the image and to comment on the received ideas of fine art in museum culture. These strategies still appear in her photography today alongside digital collages of animals, objects and social stakeholders in museums and architecture challenging the authority and power of cultural heritage sites in Europe and more recently in India.

Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, and educated in Paris and London. She has taught, exhibited her work and held lectures internationally, including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, University of Westminster, Goldsmiths, Harvard and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Karen Knorr’s (b. 1954) works are in the collections of the Tate and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the SFMOMA, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, and the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) in Bangalore, to name a few.

PHOTO LONDON BOOK SIGNING
Friday, 17 May at 4pm
Kehrer Publishing, publishers, P04


PHOTO LONDON EXHIBITION
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, pavillon, G24

The artist is exhibiting with Sundaram Tagore Gallery at the fair as well as in the group exhibition Fields of Vision at Cromwell Place. Across the two sites, she is exhibiting works from the brand new series Scavi and recent editions to India Song.

Karen Knorr ‘Connoisseurs & Academies’
Texts by Sabina Jaskot-Gill, Jean Wainwright, designed by Kehrer Design (Laura Pecoroni),
cloth hardcover with dust jacket, 24 x 30 cm, 144 pages, 59 color illustrations.
ISBN 978-3-96900 - 157-8, € 48.00 / US$ 56.00

Exhibitions:
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York City, 25 April – 01 June 2024
Photo London 2024 with Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Paris Photo 2024 with Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, and Augusta Edwards Fine Art, London
Photographing 80s Britain: A Critical Decade Tate Britain, London, 21 Nov 2024 – 05 May 2025
 
14.05.2024 show complete article

 

GoSee Book Tip : ‘Hong Kong’ by Mikko Takkunen - the first book by The New York Times’ Photo Editor presents a unique city portrait in the colors and style of the New York School (Kehrer Publishing)

Mikko Takkunen’s captivating photos and Geoff Dyer’s essay immerse readers in the fascinating world of Hong Kong. With his first photo book ‘Hong Kong’, The New York Times’ photo editor Mikko Takkunen captured one of the world’s greatest metropolises during a time of political uncertainty and the pandemic.

Inspired by the masters of the New York School, such as Louis Faurer, Louis Stettner und Saul Leiter, the Finnish photographer presents Hong Kong in a fresh and innovative way, revealing hidden perspectives and moods that many have yet to see.

His photos combine the precision of documentary with subjective empathy, creating a narrative of the city that’s as captivating as it is beautiful. From the vibrant colors to the stunning tonalities, each photograph is carefully curated to take you on an offbeat journey through the multilayered city.

“With the pandemic, I lost my beloved tram rides to work, and was instead cooped up at home, sometimes for days at a time. I settled for taking pictures of the rooftops and streets below our bedroom window, feeling a bit like Jimmy Stewart in ‘Rear Window’. But eventually, I began roaming the city at night, seeking whatever relief I could in a world that felt like it was coming to an end.”

Deliriously beautiful color photos of daily life in Hong Kong” - Kenneth Dickerman, The Washington Post.

“Hong Kong is a tiny triumph (…) the print equivalent of a spring cherry blossom: the glorious first blush of a budding visual artist.” - David Friend, Vanity FairMikko Takkunen.


Mikko Takkunen (*1979 in Finland) is a photo editor at The New York Times Foreign Desk, for which he spent more than five years between 2016–2021 reporting in Hong Kong. He began taking these photographs in early 2020 at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and continued until the summer of 2021 when he left Hong Kong. Takkunen lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Geoff Dyer is a British writer and journalist who has authored several award-winning novels and non-fiction books. He has also made a name for himself as a travel writer, masterfully blurring the lines between landscape description, essay and short story.

Hong Kong by Mikko Takkunen
Texts by Geoff Dyer, Mikko Takkunen
96 pages with 68 color ills.
 
29.04.2024 show complete article