Straight from Spain:
Photography by Isabel Muñoz & Castro Prieto
In collaboration with Blanca Berlín Galería, Madrid
The exhibition will be on view through October 4, 2014
Isabel Muñoz is entranced by dance, and her photographs of the body clothed, nude, and costumed, reverberate with motion. A master of the platinum print, which she uses to optimal effect to draw rich tonalities of shadow and light, Muñoz extends her depictions of wrestlers, monks, Flamenco dancers, and bullfighters towards a meditation on being in the world. Her grand theme is, quite literally, embodiment. Known for his cerebral compositions, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto has chronicled his travels through Peru, Ethiopia, and India with an acute attention to both cultural detail and landscape. Working in black and white, and recently, color inkjet prints, his photo aspects oddly disquieting reveries occupy a bridge-space, hovering between documentation and introspection. Drawing upon tradition to express highly personal and idiosyncratic visions, both artists are acknowledged exemplars of Spanish photography today.
Prieto has exhibited widely, including at the Au Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Instituto Gaudi, Lima, Peru; Orsay Museum, Paris, France. Among his many publications are Perú, Viaje al Sol, 2001; Etiopía, 2009, both published in Madrid by Lunwerg, and Bodas de sangre, Madrid, 2011, published by La Fábrica. Photographs by Muñoz are in many international collections, including Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, París, France; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA; and Contemporary Art Museum Houston, USA.