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National Gallery Interview

National Gallery Interview

David Maisel was interviewed on August 24, 2015, in conjunction with the exhibition "The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund" (May 3-September 13, 2015). The exhibition featured photographs from Maisel's series "History's Shadow," a project he began while a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute.
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Black Maps Book Signing At LA Art Book Fair

Black Maps Book Signing at LA Art Book Fair

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5:00 PM, LA Art Book Fair, Booth D06, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA. As part of Printed Matter Inc's LA Art Book Fair, photographer and artist David Maisel will be signing copies of his 2013 monograph Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime. Presented by ARTBOOK and Steidl.
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Museum As Muse In American Art: A Symposium

Museum as Muse in American Art: A Symposium

Friday, December 2, 2016, 12:30pm-5pm, Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium. From the 1793 opening of the Louvre, the world's first modern museum, to the present day, the art museum has served as a fecund source of inspiration and creativity for generations of artists - from 19th-century copyists to 21st-century conceptual artists. Join us to explore the nuanced and often fraught relationships between artists and museums within the history of American art at this half-day symposium featuring lectures by leading contemporary scholars and visual artists. Speakers include scholars David Dearinger, Andrew McClellan and artists David Maisel, Rosamond Purcell and Elaine Reichek.
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David Maisel: Ruscha, The American West, And Me

David Maisel: Ruscha, the American West, and Me

Friday, September 9, 2016, 6:00 PM, Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. THE THING Quarterly organizes an evening of speakers responding to themes and motifs in the exhibition, Ed Ruscha and the Great American West. Featuring artist David Maisel; Jeff Gunderson, Librarian and Archivist at the Anne Bremer Memorial Library of the San Francisco Art Institute; and Julie Caine, managing producer for Crosscurrents, KALW’s award-winning news-magazine.
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David Maisel In Conversation With Curator William A. Ewing At “Photo London”

David Maisel in conversation with curator William A. Ewing at “Photo London”

Saturday, May 21, 2:30-3:30pm. The American photographer and visual artist David Maisel, whose works explores remnants of civilizations both past and present, will speak with the curator of the Photo London Talks Programme, William A. Ewing. Maisel is rightly celebrated for a number of superb books on landscape, of which the New Yorker wrote enthusiastically of his “geometric geographies." Maisel’s most recent book is "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime."
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“The Fall” At Haines Gallery

“The Fall” at Haines Gallery

Opening reception with the artist: Thursday, January 7, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm Haines Gallery proudly presents "The Fall," a series of recent color photographs by California-based artist David Maisel.
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“History’s Shadow” Exhibition At Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

“History’s Shadow” Exhibition at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

Opening Reception with the artist: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6–8pm Yancey Richardson is pleased to present History’s Shadow, the first exhibition at the gallery by American artist David Maisel. For over twenty-five years, Maisel’s photographic work has been wide-ranging in scope, and yet deeply focused on what he describes as a “long-term investigation into the aesthetics of entropy, and the dual processes of memory and excavation.”
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“Toledo Contemporanea” Exhibition And Book Publication

“Toledo Contemporanea” Exhibition and Book Publication

Ivorypress presents the photographic project ToledoContemporánea —curated by Elena Ochoa Foster and Ivorypress—which will be part of the exhibition program celebrating the fourth centennial of El Greco. The project, in collaboration with the Fundación El Greco 2014, offers a contemporary view of the city of Toledo: of its past, present and future realities. Twelve photographers have created photographic series about the Spanish city: José Manuel Ballester, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Matthieu Gafsou, Dionisio González, Rinko Kawauchi, Marcos López, David Maisel, Abelardo Morell, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Flore-äel Surun, Michal Rovner, and Massimo Vitali. In conjunction with the exhibit, the current volume of C Photo will publish the commissioned work of these twelve international photographers.
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National Geographic Photography Symposium, Washington DC

National Geographic Photography Symposium, Washington DC

David Maisel a featured speaker at the 2014 National Geographic Photography Symposium, Washington DC. "The history of speakers includes both National Geographic photographers and luminaries of the larger photo world whose work goes beyond what would normally appear in the pages of our magazine. Of the process of choosing which photographers to invite to speak, Elizabeth Krist says: 'It’s the greatest opportunity. We fantasize about all the people in the photography world we would love to have in our living room.' This year, the list includes Hasan Elahi, Wayne Lawrence, Newsha Tavakolian, Tyler Hicks, Vincent Musi, David Maisel, and Danny Lyon with Julian Bond."
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“Black Maps” Monograph Named To “Best Books Of 2013”

“Black Maps” monograph named to “Best Books of 2013”

Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime named to the “Best Books of 2013” by Brain Pickings. “For nearly three decades, photographer and visual artist David Maisel — whose gloriously haunting Library of Dust project you might recall from a few years back — has been transforming landscape photography with his stunning aerial images exploring the relationship between Earth and humanity. Now, the best of them are collected in the magnificent monograph Black Maps: American Landscape and he Apocalyptic Sublime — a lavish large-format tome featuring more than 100 of Maisel’s surreally entrancing portraits of our worldly reality, at once beautiful and tragic. From cyanide-leaching ponds to open-pit mines to the sprawl of urbanization, Maisel’s mesmerizing photographs — which, without context, could be mistaken as much for abstract impressionism as they could for cellular microscopy — capture fragments of the landscape that “correspond to the structure of human thought and feeling.”
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Art Practical: Review Of Maisel’s “Mining” Exhibit

Art Practical: review of Maisel’s “Mining” exhibit

Mining reviewed by Rob Marks on Art Practical: "David Maisel’s photographs are one thing, and yet another. Although the name of his current Haines Gallery show, Mining, cues viewers into the context of his images, many of them, even under close inspection, remain abstract. Such confusion is consistent with Maisel’s photographic procedures, which omit the physical and visual features that would betray the location or even the idea of a landscape. Maisel’s intention, however, is not so much to hide context as to not disclose it so that the images occupy an unstable position between documentation and abstraction."
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“David Maisel – Mining” At Haines Gallery, San Francisco

“David Maisel – Mining” at Haines Gallery, San Francisco

David Maisel – Mining at Haines Gallery, San Francisco. Opening reception with artist: First Thursday, September 5, 2013, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. For his fifth exhibition with Haines Gallery, Maisel presents Mining – a selection of photographs from The Mining Project and American Mine, series never before seen at the gallery. These works consider the relationship between nature and humanity, and encompass both stark documentary and tragic metaphor. With The Mining Project, Maisel negotiated a deliberate shift from black-and-white images to color, and started to produce large-scale photographs that make greater use of abstraction. Curator Natasha Egan suggests, “[h]is photographs derive their effectiveness through formal choices involving color, scale, perspective, and abstraction, which amplify their seductive nature, and conjure the elusive sublime.”
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Arid Journal: David Maisel Interview

Arid Journal: David Maisel interview

Arid Journal: David Maisel in conversation with Lisa Tamiris Becker.

"Taken together, The Lake Project and Oblivion explore the interrelatedness of the phenomenology, aesthetics, and social/political reality of the Los Angeles metropolis and the arid landscapes and fragile watersheds in which the city is embedded and on which it ultimately depends."

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Cabinet Magazine Publishes “American Mine”

Cabinet Magazine publishes “American Mine”

Cabinet Magazine publishes Maisel's American Mine portfolio in Issue 50, Summer 2013, with writer Geoff Manaugh's essay Infinite Exchange. "Vast terraced bowls step down—and down and, impossibly, further down—tracking dead faults and mineralization fronts on a scale only made clear when we notice 16-ton trucks like specks of dust on canyon walls. Discolored oceans of chemical runoff wash across vehicle tracks with acid tides. Retaining walls and stabilized slopes loom over assembled superscapes of mine detritus, abandoned shells of industrial insects dwarfed by the world they’ve helped create...These mines grow in great metastasizing voids, like storm fronts of negative space exploding with slow thunder into the planet."
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“Black Maps” Reviewed By The New York Times

“Black Maps” reviewed by The New York Times

Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime is reviewed in The New York Times by Dana Jennings. "This eye-opening survey of the photographer David Maisel's major aerial projects reveals the terrible beauty of the industrial age. Photo after photo unveils the common, human-created cancers forced upon on our landscapes: open-pit mines, hazardous waste sites, nerve-gas depots, the desolation of Los Angeles. These photos tell tales the way scars tell the story of a body — and who knew that poisons could be so seductively iridescent? Black Maps, rather than focusing on the death of beauty, wrestles with the beauty of death."
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“Black Maps”: New Monograph Released From Steidl

“Black Maps”: New monograph released from Steidl

"Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime" is the first in-depth survey of the major aerial projects by David Maisel, whose images of radically altered terrain have transformed the practice of contemporary landscape photography. In more than 100 photographs that span Maisel’s career, Black Maps presents a hallucinatory worldview encompassing both stark documentary and tragic metaphor, and exploring the relationship between nature and humanity today.
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Domus Review Of Maisel’s “Black Maps” Exhibit

Domus Review of Maisel’s “Black Maps” Exhibit

Domus review by Davide Stimilli of David Maisel / Black Maps at the CU Boulder Art Museum. “The prospect the viewer is asked to share, and the proper standard by which to measure Maisel's vision...is no longer the all-too-human bird's-eye view, but the god's-eye view of Wallace Stevens’ necessary angel, who has inspired Maisel's work from its inception, as we learn from the magnificent volume that has been released in conjunction with the exhibition."
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Time Magazine’s LightBox

Time Magazine’s LightBox

Paul Moakley, “Uncharted Territories: Black Maps by David Maisel.” March 27, 2013. “The original impetus for the work was informed by looking really closely at 19th-century exploratory photography,” explains Maisel, “and then, an arc through the New Topographics work of the 70s.” He cites the work of iconic black-and-white image makers like Lewis Baltz and Robert Adams — photographers who focused on man-altered landscapes — but felt inspired to “push it further.”
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