London – Michael Hoppen Gallery debuts online collection of works by Karl BlossfeldtSaskia's Flowers July 7, 2015
"Like Lilliputians we observers wander amongst these gigantic plants"
- Walter Benjamin, 1929
Michael Hoppen's gallery goes onlineLauren Heinz, The BJP July 6, 2015
Michael Hoppen's eponymous gallery has been at the cutting edge of photographic print sales in the UK since 1992, but it's now launching into online sales.
One of the few London galleries solely dedicated to photography, Michael Hoppen Gallery has been at the cutting edge of photographic print sales in the UK since it opened in 1992. Its list of international artists is eclectic and diverse, representing the old and the young, the incredibly famous and the lesser known, and it accommodating a wide range of tastes and genres for prospective collectors.
But now, in an attempt to make print sales more accessible and diversify its audience still further, the gallery has launched an online venture which will allow visitors to buy prints at a range of affordable prices.
“The online shop will allow us to not only showcase new and emerging talent, that otherwise might not have made its way into the main gallery space, but will also aim to expose some fascinating projects and one off pieces from within the collection,” says Hoppen. “I think our programme of online shows will have something for everyone.”
Forms of natureBristol Museum Exhibition July 4, 2015
Look in wonder at 40 exquisite original photogravures from 1932 of Karl Blossfeldt’s close-up photographic images of plants and flora.
Blossfeldt (1865-1932) is regarded as one of the defining photographers of the twentieth century for his exceptional contribution to the art through his intricate botanical photographs. During his career he developed homemade cameras and lenses which enabled him to magnify his subjects by up to 30 times. In doing so he revealed the underlying structures of nature, which until then remained unexplored.
KARL BLOSSFELDT – ART FORMS IN NATURESouthbank Centre July 4, 2015
Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German photographer celebrated by the Surrealists and early modernists for his pioneering close-up images of plants and flora. Trained as a sculptor he was also an amateur botanist, fascinated by the underlying structures of nature. He created his extraordinary catalogue of studies of natural forms as a teaching tool for the benefit of artists, artisans and architects.
Karl Blossfeldt: Online ExhibitionMedia Space, science museum July 3, 2015
“Like Lilliputians we observers wander amongst these gigantic plants" - Walter Benjamin, 1929
The Michael Hoppen Gallery is currently hosting an online exhibition of pictures by the eminent German photographer Karl Blossfeldt. A unique body of work - and the inspiration behind Hasselblad Award winner Joan Fontcuberta’s Herbarium series - the images reveal the intriguing patterns and forms within nature that Blossfeldt strove to capture with his camera.
Wonders of nature: a collection of works by Karl BlossfeldtAli Morris, Wallpaper* June 24, 2015
As evidence that the visual arts are flourishing in the digital age, esteemed London gallery Michael Hoppen is launching its first online-only exhibition. A new experiment for the gallery, the virtual showcase comprises a series of 30 first edition photogravures by 1920s German photographer, sculptor and design teacher Karl Blossfeldt.
Hoppen, who recently staged 'The Lady Vanishes' – a special exhibition of photographic works from Wallpaper's collaboration with Noé Sendas and Jan Lehner (W*192) – tells us, 'Karl Blossfeldt is one of the best kept secrets in the art world. His work never seems to tire and it continues to speak in an extraordinary clear voice across generations of artists, designers and architects. For this reason, it was an easy decision to show him online as people immediately recognise when something is "right".'
Karl Blossfeldt: The natural beauty in detailDe Standaard, Online June 18, 2015
The German photographer Karl Blossfeldt is considered one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. For 35 years he photographed exclusively botanical subjects. With some homemade cameras, he managed to photograph the beauty of nature in great detail. Currently running an exhibition of the work of Blossfeldt in the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London. More info: www.michaelhoppengallery.com
Karl Blossfeldt at the Whitechapel GallerySarah James, Aperture May 31, 2013
The German photographer Karl Blossfeldt spent a large portion of his life studying organic forms, selecting plant specimens like an entomologist who collects and catalogs butterflies. Yet, Blossfeldt captured his samples not with insect pins, but rather with a camera. Looking through the more than eighty original prints included in this exhibition, all produced using homemade cameras that allowed for extra magnification, one gains a clear sense of what fascinated Blossfeldt for over thirty-five years. The prints reveal grasping fronds, intricately unfolding tendrils, and stems covered in tiny rhizoids (root hairs) that seem to mutate into architectural structures, the frenetic patterned surfaces of modernist designs, or an anthropomorphic cast of curious actors.