The Muse in Art

The almost immortalized idea of the artistic muse is a subject that the young photographer Cyrus Mahboubian (British, 1986) explores with burning interest in his latest body of work, which is on view in the eponymous exhibition at De Re Gallery, starting today. His manner of exploration is inherently avant-garde. So far, Mahboubian has managed to steer clear of using digital photography. He prefers to use film and Polaroid cameras to capture pieces of the world. This fact alone make his work deeply poetic. To add to this poeticism is his fascination with the idea of the muse. For this series of work, Mahboubian chose British actress Kasia Briars as his muse and took her to different parts of the English landscape to capture her in various idyllic settings.In this way, the English landscape is a secondary muse. The combination of landscape and figuration makes these works highly lyrical and reminiscent of an ether world, reverting back to a world that his almost completely mythological and where muses are the only source of inspiration.

We would be remiss not to mention these other great exhibitions opening today!

Berlin, Germany

Elger Esser: L’âge d’or at Kewenig Galerie

Florentina Pakosta at Krobath

THOMAS DEMAND ‘Dailies 2008 - 2014’ at Sprüth Magers Berlin London

THOMAS SCHEIBITZ at Sprüth Magers Berlin London

Hong Kong, China

Gonkar Gyatso: Pop Phraseology (Hong Kong) at Pearl Lam Galleries

T’ang Haywen: The Colors of Ink at de Sarthe Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Athier: Improbable Possibilities at Ayyam Gallery

Degree Of Darkness at Rook and Raven

Jon Thompson: The Lyotard Suite at Anthony Reynolds Gallery

Owusu-Ankomah: MICROCRON BEGINS at October Gallery

New York, New York, USA

Alice Attie: Proximities at Howard Greenberg Gallery

CAST FROM LIFE at Skarstedt

Graphic: of or relating to visual art at gallery nine5

Jack Levine and Hyman Bloom: AGAINST THE GRAIN  at ACA Galleries, est. 1932

Marc Ganzglass: Three new buildings, a fence and a factory at Sandra Gering Inc

Maurice Golubov (1905-1987) Ahead of Time at Levis Fine Art

Saul Leiter at Howard Greenberg Gallery

For a complete list of openings, see our events calendar here.


New York/Los Angeles

"It’s a bit of a cliché, but there is a difference between ‘looking’ and ‘seeing’.” - John Tierney

For its premiere gallery exhibition, New York’s Hamburg Kennedy Photographs is debuting a fantastic show of work by British artist John Tierney. 

Modern in their palette and simplicity, Tierney’s paintings are also full of nostalgia for the virtues of the American past –a cinematic quality in the vein of Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield.

John Tierney “An Exhibition of New Paintings, New York/Los Angeles,” is on view at Hamburg Kennedy September 15th-October 30th. 

Don’t miss the opening reception tonight, September 18, from 6pm.