Aperture Remix

Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, Book Cam (Aperture Edition) 210mm, 2012; Courtesy the artists

left: Robert Adams, Summer Nights, 1985; right: Video still from Alec Soth, Summer Nights at the Dollar Tree, 2012; Courtesy and copyright © Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

left: Viviane Sassen, Viviane Sassen LOVES Edward Weston NUDES, 2012; Courtesy the artist; right: Edward Weston: Nudes, 1977

left: Stephen Shore, Uncommon Places, 1982/2004; right: Doug Rickard, El Capitan Lodge, Hawthorne, Nevada, October 9, 1971, 2012; Courtesy the artist

Penelope Umbrico, Installation mock-up for Moving Mountains (1850–2012), 2012
Courtesy the artist

left: Rinko Kawauchi, untitled, 2012; Courtesy the artist; right: Sally Mann, Immediate Family, 1992

Martin Parr: A Very Special Issue of Aperture Magazine, 2012; Courtesy the artist and Magnum Photos

Vik Muniz, The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Volume 1, Mexico, 1973; Including hand-torn pages by Vik Muniz; Copyright © Vik Muniz/Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

On the occasion of Aperture’s sixtieth anniversary in 2012, a select group of contemporary photographers each respond to an Aperture publication that has been influential in forming their work, paying it artistic homage. Each commissioned artist in Aperture Remix has created a new work, inspired by the ideas that they have found most influential or of greatest concern in the earlier work.

The range of participating artists, and the diversity of their approaches, reflect the multifaceted and elastic nature of contemporary photography. The works that each artist has created for Aperture Remix—incorporating new images made in response or interventions with the original publication itself—comprise a way of mapping the enduring influence of Aperture’s publication history as it relates to contemporary practice.

In 1952, one of Aperture’s founders and the first editor of the magazine, Minor White, wrote, “Growth can be slow and hard when you are groping alone. It quickens when you meet other photographers who have worked and thought intensively about their medium. You listen, and ask, and a phrase sticks in your memory like a barb. You see a photograph that blazes with significance. Suddenly a way of working, dim till then, comes clear before you.” Frequently, this meeting of minds takes place via the pages of a book or a magazine; we encounter photographers and artists via the publication of their work. And once published and released into the public sphere, a body of work takes on a life of its own, crossing geographic and generational boundaries, becoming open to new readings. Aperture Remix traces this network of influence; an extended community of shared interests and critical precedents.

Rinko Kawauchi in response to Sally Mann’s Immediate Family (1992)
Vik Muniz in response to Edward Weston’s The Daybooks, Vol. 1 Mexico (1973)
Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs in response to a selection of Aperture’s essay titles
Martin Parr in response to Issue 103 of Aperture magazine (1986)
Doug Rickard in response to Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places (1982/2004)
Viviane Sassen in response to Edward Weston’s Nudes (1977)
Alec Soth in response to Robert Adams’s Summer Nights (1985)
Penelope Umbrico in response to The Masters of Photography (1977–1999)
James Welling in response to Paul Strand’s Time in New England (1980)

Curated by Lesley A. Martin

Production of Aperture Remix editions by Maxwell Anderson with support from Francisco Correa-Cordero. Additional production support by Nina Poppe. The Aperture Reading Room was assembled by Paul Colarusso. Exhibition design by Emily Lessard and Sarah Duell. Exhibition preparation by Annette Booth and Emma Abrahamian. Special thanks to Markus Schaden and Marks of Honor. Each of the commissioned works has been created in an edition of five and is available through Aperture.

This exhibition has been generously supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Read More:
CNN, “Artists ‘reimagine’ iconic photography”
Hyperallergic, “Contemporary Photographers Remix Modern Masters”

Aperture Remix combines vintage prints with the newly created works, including photographs, books, video, installation pieces, and sculpture. There are approximately 120 pieces in the exhibition requiring roughly 200 feet of running wall space.

Participation Fee:
Please call Annette Booth at (212) 946-7128.
$12,000 for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.

The show will open at the Aperture Gallery in October 2012 as part of Aperture’s official Sixtieth Anniversary celebrations. The exhibition is available for tour through 2015.

Each of the new works are being created in an edition of five, and are available for purchase as a set or individually. For more information, please contact Kellie McLaughlin at (212) 946-9130 or [email protected]

Current Venue List:

  • David Owsley Museum of Art
    2021 W. Riverside Ave.
    Ball State University
    Muncie, IN
    Thursday, January 16 – Sunday, March 30, 2014
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
    1649 El Prado
    San Diego, CA
    Saturday, May 24 – Sunday, October 5, 2014
  • Aperture Gallery
    547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
    New York, NY
    Wednesday, October 17 – Saturday, November 17, 2012