Thursday, April 24, 2008

Whetstone Photos Cut to Heart of Matter

John Morton, contemporary collector extraordinaire, is bringing award-winning photographer Jeff Whetstone to the Birmingham Museum of Art tonight at 7 PM for a lecture. It’s a pretty simple equation – John understands that by having a commitment to generating discourses about contemporary art and photography we have an opportunity to understand these practices in a critical context.

This is incredibly refreshing. Whetstone has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for his commitment and innovation in his chosen medium. Broadly photojournalistic, images such as his “Self-Portrait with Catfish” call into question the whole construction of southern masculinity.

This is obviously a unique opportunity. Whetstone's imagery is immediate, understandable and complex, all in precisely the same moment.

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