“Seydou Keïta”

Frédéric Rouzaud, 2016 winner of the Prix Montblanc des Arts et de la Culture

The Fondation Louis Roederer has been recognised for its commitment to artistic creation. The 2016 winner of the Prix Montblanc des Arts et de la Culture, Frédéric Rouzaud – CEO of Louis Roederer – has been raised to the status of a “great sponsor”. He founded the Fondation Louis Roederer in 2011, in order to structure and perpetuate the foundation’s sponsorship policy, which since 2003 has been aimed at great cultural institutions and confirmed or emerging artists. This year, the foundation was a partner of the Seydou Keïta exhibition at the Grand Palais, the Jean-Michel Alberola and Michel Houellebecq exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, and the Richard Avedon exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France opening on 18 October. The foundation also funds the Louis Roederer research grant every year. In addition, the institution supports numerous festivals and artistic events including Planche(s) Contact in Deauville, the Festival international d’Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence and the Prix de...

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“In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa” at Metropolitan Museum

The moving photographs of Seydou Keïta will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in an exhibition entitled: “In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa” which began on 31 August 2015, and will end 3 January 2016. The exhibition consists of 80 photographs, negatives and postcards created by African photographers from 1870 and 1970 photographing their African subjects. The images depict young middle-class women in traditional clothing with elegant hairstyles, along with young men in flared jeans. Seydou Keïta and J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere are the stars of this exhibition, with their strikingly powerful images. Up until the 20th century the depictions of Africans in photographs had been taken by white Europeans. “Those photographs, in which the subjects has no say in how they were seen, did much to shape the Western world’s idea of Africans,” said essayist and photographer Teju Cole. Following the diffusion of photography as an art to Africans, subjects could be shown as they wished to be shown. J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere focuses on the elaborate hairstyles of his subjects. Seydou Keïta focuses on the poses and clothing of his...

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New art space to open in Chelsea

New York, 18 February 2011, Art media Agency (AMA). A new art space is set to open in Chelsea, New York. It will be a non-profit gallery called the Walther Collection Project Space, which will host only three exhibitions a year. Each exhibition will be funded by the Walther Family Foundation, the founder of which, Arthur Walther, is a collector. He serves on the Photography Committee of museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Vassar College Art Gallery and is a member of the board of directors at the International Center of Photography. His collection mostly features works by African and Asian emerging artists. The new space of the Foundation in New York, located on the seventh floor of the West Chelsea Arts Building, is due to open on 15 April. It will be a small branch of the Walther Collection, hosted in a four-story building in the Neu-Ulm campus in Germany. The first exhibition of the Foundation in New York will feature South-African photographer Jo Ractliffe. Another exhibition, due in September, will concentrate on Malian portraitist Seydou Keïta who died in 2001, as well as on portraitist and documentary-maker August Sander, who died in 1964. African photography will be the main theme of an exhibition in...

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