My participation in the "Paralux: Range of Light" group show at the Calumet gallery has been terminated 2 weeks prior to the end of the show. Reason being that numerous complaints from gallery visitors to Calumet and its headquarters in Chicago, urged the Illinois corporate offices to remove my four 30x40" photographs immediately.
A strong reaction is better than none, I say.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
On Friday, November 14th 2008, Calumet Photographic in New York started to host our group show, icluding four of my personal pieces, with a smashing opening. Somewhere between 300-350 attendees filled the 5000+ square feet gallery, gracing 7 colleagues and I with compliments, constructive criticism and nothing but much appreciated presence.
Regarding my photographs which will be up for almost a month, the gallery insisted on putting up warning signs due to their graphic nature. Amongst the many puzzled faces overlooking my wall due to their exposure to violence and anything but "politically incorrect" content, I received a lot of praise as well as a few offers to buy prints. To my astonishment as I personally do not hang my work on the walls of my living space.
In any case, the opening was a major tap on our shoulders, a hug for our egos during times when the commercial side for most of us photographers is hurting due to a slumping economy. The arts shall survive.