Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rolfe Horn: Special Edition Print


The John Cleary Gallery is excited to announce the release of a new, special edition print by Rolfe Horn:

Special Edition print

Twelve Stars, Northern California (2011) – $400


In addition to being produced in a special limited edition of 25, Rolfe has also introduced a different size and toning method not traditionally used in his previous work, making it all the more rare. 

Per the artist:

The image size is around 15 x 15 inches, printed on 16x20 paper and made on Bergger triple weight paper, rich in silver, a luster finish and has an ivory tint to the base of the paper. 

The prints were then toned in gold chloride, giving a slightly bluish cast to the mid-tones and shadows, and also makes
the prints much more archival, as the silver is coated with gold.

As you can see, the glow of the moon (out of frame) is centralized at the top of the image, the ocean below is silvery with the reflected light.  As the paper is of luster finish, the scan can't quite do it justice. 

It is a photo of nothingness, yet it is a scene which massages the mind into a calmer state of being.


Please note, as the print is being produced in such a limited number—and previous special edition prints by Rolfe have historically sold out in less than a month— it would be much safer to purchase “Twelve Stars” sooner rather than later.  With the holidays quickly approaching now’s the right time!

LIFE Magazine Turns 75!


Today marks the 75th anniversary of LIFE magazine being in print, and as such they have a couple of great “Best-of” lists going on at their website.  Whenever I think of LIFE it is inevitably the iconic photographs that have been produced in it's tenure that come to mind.  Lucky for you their website has created a list of the top 75 photographs from the past 75 years.  75!!!!!!

In honor of this grand achievement I thought it would be fun to cull from the John Cleary Gallery ’s very own collection of LIFE photographs, some of which are found on the best-of list.  In the instances where there is an overlap, I have copied the blurb provided on LIFE’s website.

Three Frames of Children at Puppet Theater, Paris, 1963

Alfred Eisenstaedt: Three Frames of Children at Puppet Theater, Paris, 1963

“Yes, LIFE's photographers took many classic images of the powerful, the rich, and the famous -- but Alfred Eisenstaedt's gift was making stars out of everyday people, by patiently observing and capturing them in magical moments of joy and wonder. Here, he trains his eye on a young audience at a puppet show in a Paris park: Each delightful child reacts in an extreme and distinct way to the moment when St. George slays the dragon, displaying a range of emotions -- amusement, horror, triumph, fear -- that hints at the many facets of the human experience.”

American Woolen Co., Lawrence, MA, 1935

Margaret Bourke-White: American Woolen Co., Lawrence, MA, 1935


Edward Steichen, 1959

Philippe Halsman: Edward Steichen, 1959



Mickey Mantle having a bad day at Yankee Stadium, 1965

John Dominis: Mickey Mantel having a bad day at Yankee Stadium, 1965

“In perhaps the greatest-ever photograph of a legendary athlete in decline, John Dominis captured New York center fielder Mickey Mantle at Yankee Stadium in June 1965, at a point in his career when alcohol, injuries, and plain old advancing age were dulling the incandescent talents of the future Hall of Famer. Here, in Dominis' photo, Mantle flings his batting helmet away in frustration after a terrible at-bat -- a gesture that, even in the twilight of his career, Mantle managed with physical grace and, somehow, a kind of flair.”



Joan Miro

Yousuf Karsh: Joan Miro



American Gothic

Gordon Parks: American Gothic, 1942



The Beatles, Miami Beach, 1964

John Loengard: The Beatles, Miami Beach, 1964

“In John Loengard's popular photo of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, taken during their first trip to America, the lads' famous mop tops bob undisturbed above the water's surface. The pool was quite chilly that day, thanks to a cold snap -- check out Ringo's grimace -- and Loengard has said the Beatles even began to turn blue; still, in the short minutes he had to get this shot, the photographer cleverly asked the boys to sing, and thus managed to draw out the playfulness and passion that made them so beloved.”

Frank Gehry Testing His Furniture Design, NYC, 1970

Ralph Morse: Frank Gehry “Testing” His Furniture Design, NYC, 1970 (Some of you may remember a stairway design by Frank Gehry from a post on stairs—yes, a whole post on stairs—from a little over a year ago!)



Dancing at Rosie's Cafe, Texas, 1937

Carl Mydans: Dancing at Rosie’s CafĂ©, Texas, 1937… because why not end with a shout-out to my home country!!


For more information about these great photographers or any of our other fine are photography, please give us a call at 713.526.3504, email at or, better yet, come in to the gallery and peruse the collection yourself!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Jeffrey Becom: Special Offer


In a follow-up to his extremely successful Maya Color and Mirage: Images of India, Jeffrey Becom is in the process of formulating his next portfolio.  Looking to raise some funds, we are now offering a special on Jeffrey’s current work, with a 15% discount given towards the purchase of one image and 20% given towards two or more images and those collectors who have previously purchased his work from us in the past.


El Organillo, Lima, Lima, Peru; 2005


Street Guardian, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India 2008 lo-res copy

Street Guardian, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India; 2008



House of the Music Teacher, Juaja, Peru; 2004



Porton Rojo, Concepcion, Huancayo, Peru; 2005


With the holiday season coming right around the corner now’s the time to take advantage of this unprecedented offer!

Takeshi Shikama: New Work—Images of Central Park and Yosemite


The John Cleary Gallery is pleased to announce new work by Japanese photographer, Takeshi Shikama, who enjoyed a very successful Houston debut here in the Fall of 2010.

The images come from two different portfolios, the first of which is entitled Urban Forest: Central Park.

central park #15

Central Park #15


central park #14

Central Park #14


central park #22

Central Park #22


central park #21

Central Park #21


Takeshi’s other portfolio, Silent Respiration of Forests—Yosemite, moves westward to California and the stoic beauty of the Yosemite National Park.


Yosemite #13



Yosemite #3



Yosemite #5



Yosemite #17


As with any of our images, as striking as they appear above the jpegs don’t do any of them justice—so come in and ask to see Takeshi’s new work or any of our other fine artists in person!

Mitch Dobrowner: 21st Edition Book Update


Please note, we have recently received word from 21st Editions that the sales of Mitch Dobrowner’s first publication has enjoyed much success since its release several months ago.  Due to the limited edition nature of the book some of the images are reaching single digit numbers—if you’ve been ruminating about making a purchase, now’s the time!

Mitch Dobrowner:

photographs by Mitch Dobrowner

Edited by John Wood with an essay by Dafydd Wood

This represents the first publication by Dobrowner and is sure to be as well designed and printed as the rest of the books by this fine publisher.  Limited to 280 copies with only 200 for sale, the book is 144 pages, includes 64 full bleed duotone images, and measures 12 1/2" x 12 1/2." This book is wrapped in handmade Twinrocker paper and is accompanied by your choice of one of four signed 16" x 20" silver-gelatin contact prints. The prints were made for Mitch Dobrowner by Ted Cullen and are the only silver-gelatin prints ever offered by the artist.  The price is $750
The four prints available are:

Road, Near Guymon, Oklahoma, 2009

South Tufa, Mono Lake, CA, 2006

Vapor Cloud, Near Clayton, NM, 2009

Moonrise Trona, CA, 2009

Many of 21st Edition's books sell out before the book is even available, so please reserve your copy as soon as possible, along with your print choice.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Isa Leshko Prices to Increase


Effective January 15, 2012 the prices for all of Isa Leshko’s work will be raised—if you’ve been on the fence regarding making a purchase then now’s the time to act!

Point Pleasant, NJ #1

Point Pleasant, NJ #1, 2006. From the series “Thrills and Chills”



Embden Goose, Age 28. From the series “Elderly Animals”


Leshko’s work has received widespread international praise, so take advantage of the current prices before the higher ones go into effect in the new year!

Thomas Kellner: New Work


The John Cleary Gallery is pleased to announce the newest image from German photographer Thomas Kellner:


Neuschwanstein, 2011; 35.5 x 27.2 inches


The work is printed in an edition of 20 (plus 3 artist proofs) and is currently in its first price point at $3,990.

For more information about Thomas’ work or any other of our artists, feel free to contact us via email, phone, or better yet—stop on in and say hi!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Henry Horenstein with B. Hollyman Gallery and the Austin Center for Photography


In collaboration with Austin Center for Photography (ACP), B. Hollyman Gallery will be exhibiting Henry Horenstein’s series Animalia, a collection of intimate and intriguing portraits of land and sea creatures made between 1995 and 2001.Henry_Horenstein_Asiatic_Elephant

Asiatic Elephant


Horenstein shoots with a balanced uniqueness, experimenting with view, angle, and perspective. Each photograph is different, yet with a similar underlying mood. Some captivate the viewer with a macro look at scales, texture and animal skin. Others unveil the deeper nuances of personality and mystery. Some are simply quiet and beautiful.

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Brown Sea Nettles


Horenstein shoots with a balanced uniqueness, experimenting with view, angle, and perspective. Each photograph is different, yet with a similar underlying mood. Some captivate the viewer with a macro look at scales, texture and animal skin. Others unveil the deeper nuances of personality and mystery. Some are simply quiet and beautiful.

White-cheeked Spider Monkey

White-cheeked Spider Monkey


Austin Center for Photography’s Icons of Photography No.12 lecture series brings Horenstein to Austin on Friday, November 18 at 7:00pm. He will speak at the Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium on the UT campus. To purchase tickets, go to

B. Hollyman Gallery is pleased to host a coinciding exhibit, running November 19 – January 14, 2012 with an opening reception on Saturday, November 19, 6:00 to 8:00pm.  The gallery is located at 1202-A West Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78703 (adjacent to Wally Workman Gallery).