Everyday Photograpy, Every Day: Looking and Collecting

Nov 12, 2019

Everyday Photography, Every Day

Catherine Couturier was recently featured on Everyday Photography, Every Day, a podcast hosted by Michael Rubin and Suzanne Fritz-Hanson. Together, they discussed the psychology of collecting, working with artists, and what Catherine looks for in a photograph.

Listen to to full interview here. It's not one you want to miss!

 

Wendi Schneider Featured on Lenscratch

Oct 4, 2019

    Wendi Schneider: Evenings with the Moon

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© Wendi Schneider, Thoughts of Silence, New Orleans, 2012 – pigment ink on kozo over white gold

Artist Wendi Schneider is unabashedly unafraid of beauty. Her images are timeless, romantic, and filled with poetry and grace. Her compositions include the flora, fauna, and the figure and they are elevated into fragile objects with the use of precious metals applied to the photographs. These singular expressions have resulted in a tidal wave of exhibitions.  Her series, Evenings with the Moon, is currently on exhibition in a solo show at the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, SC through October 26th with a reception on October 4th. She opens another solo exhibition, States of Grace, at Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston, TX on October 19th – November 27th, with a reception on October 19. Her work will also be included in Nude vs. Naked at The Art Gym in Denver, CO, running  October 10 – November 1, with a reception on October 10th.

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© Wendi Schneider, An Evening with the Moon, Denver, 2018 – pigment ink on kozo over white gold

Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist illuminating impressions of grace in the natural world with photography and precious metals. Drawn to the serenity she finds in elegant organic forms amidst the chaos in which we live, she creates unique objects of reverence to preserve vanishing beauty in our vulnerable environment.

Born in Memphis, TN in 1955, Schneider holds an AA in Art History from Stephens College and a BA in Painting from Newcomb College at Tulane. She turned to photography in the early ‘80s to reference models for paintings. Mesmerized by the alchemy of the darkroom, yet missing the sensuousness of oils, she layered glazes on her prints to create a heightened reality.

After college, she worked at The Times-Picayune newspaper, where she re-created the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book. Schneider then moved to New York, where she photographed for book covers and Victoria Magazine, continuing to create her fine artwork. She moved to Denver in 1994, later sidelining her fine art practice while working in photography, art direction, and design.

Inspired to return to fine art photography in 2010, she soon began her ongoing series ‘States of Grace,’ embracing digital to capture, layer and print her images, then gilding to infuse the artist’s hand and suffuse with the spirituality and sanctity of the precious metals, insuring each is a unique work of art.

Schneider’s photographs are held in permanent collections at The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Memphis Brooks Museum, The Auburn University Library Collection, and The Try-Me Collection, and numerous private collections.

Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at A Gallery For Fine Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Galeria Photographic, The Southeast Center of Photography, A Smith Gallery, The Gallery at Mr. Pool, soon at Catherine Couturier Gallery, and extensively in group exhibits worldwide include AIPAD, Art Basel, Candela, Panopticon, The Center For Photographic Art, The Center For Fine Art Photography, The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and The Berlin and Barcelona Foto Biennales.

Schneider is represented by A Gallery For Fine Photography in New Orleans, Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston, and Galeria PhotoGraphic in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has juried exhibits for The A Smith Gallery, The Darkroom Gallery, The Robert Anderson Gallery and is developing curatorial projects. Schneider sits on the executive board of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

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© Wendi Schneider, Last Light, Pacific Grove, 2017 – pigment ink on vellum over white gold

My work is in the ‘States of Grace’ series is rooted in the serenity I find in the sinuous elegance of organic forms. I’m transfixed and transformed in the art of capturing the stillness of the suspended movement of light and compelled to preserve the visual poetry of these fleeting, often overlooked moments – illuminating impressions of ephemeral beauty. Photographing intuitively – what I feel, as much as what I see – and informed by a background in painting, art history and design, I portray an interpretation by layering the images digitally with color and texture to find balance between the real and the imagined. In my early work of the ‘80s and ‘90s, I layered oils on silver gelatin prints to create a more personal vision. My images are now printed with archival pigment ink on vellum or kozo. I then apply white gold, silver or 24k gold leaf behind the image, creating a luminous surface that changes as the viewers position and ambient light transition. This process infuses the artist’s hand and suffuses the treasured subjects with the implied spirituality and sanctity of the precious metals.

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© Wendi Schneider, Crescent and Crow, Denver, 2018 – pigment ink on kozo over white gold

Within the series are images that can be grouped by treatment, feeling or subject – including figura, flora and fauna. In ‘Evenings with the Moon’ I contemplate the power of universal experiences to find acceptance and transcendence, engaging the moon as muse. My images of the night draw on the metaphor of darkness and light to express our shared longing for love, harmony and balance amidst the chaos of the world. Gilded on verso with precious metals, the subjects echo the luminosity of their celestial inspiration. This synthesis of form and content, paired with poetry and music, allows the viewer to consider the commonalities in our collective consciousness. We all live under the same moon.

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© Wendi Schneider, When the Moon Does Rise, Denver, 2013 – pigment ink on kozo over white gold

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© Wendi Schneider, The Cry of the Lonely Crow, Denver, 2019 – pigment ink on kozo over white gold

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© Wendi Schneider, Cypress, Carmel, 2017 – pigment ink on kozo over white gold

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© Wendi Schneider, Pansy, Denver, 2011 – pigment ink on vellum over white gold

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© Wendi Schneider, Gardenia, Denver, 2011 – pigment ink on vellum over white gold

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© Wendi Schneider, Datura Tangled, Denver, 2018 – pigment ink on vellum over white gold

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New Acquisitions

Aug 1, 2019

The gallery recently acquired some major works by renowned artists. Preview the works below or visit the gallery to see them in person.

Horst P. Horst, The Mainbocher Corset, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Horst P. Horst
The Mainbocher Corset, 1939 (printed later)
gelatin silver print
9 x 12 inches
signed
$15,000

 

 Robert Mapplethorpe, Tulip, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Robert Mapplethorpe
Tulip, 1985
silver gelatin print
15 x 15 inches
edition 1 of 10

Please contact the gallery for pricing

 

Tom Baril, Solarized Calla Lilies, 1995, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Tom Baril
Solarized Calla Lilies, 1995
toned gelatin silver print
23 x 18 inches
edition 7 of 25
signed en recto
$4,000

 

Joyce Tenneson, Suzanne and Chair, 1990, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Joyce Tenneson
Suzanne and Chair, 1990
chromogenic print and Transformations book
10 x 13 inches
Edition of 200
$1,600

 

Jock Sturges, Marie, Montalivet, France, 1991, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Jock Sturges
Maia, Montalivet, France, 1991
silver gelatin print
20 x 16 inches
signed
$10,000

 

Bill Brandt, Nude Elbow, 1991, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Bill Brandt
Nude Elbow, 1991
silver gelatin print
14 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches
signed recto
$4,500

 

Paul Caponigro, Sunflower, 1985, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Paul Caponigro
Sunflower, 1985
gelatin silver print and signed book
6 x 5 inches
SOLD 

 

Keith Carter, Wax Boy with Turban, 1995, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Keith Carter
Wax Boy with Turban, 1995
gelatin silver print
15 x 15 inches
Edition 10 of 50
$2,200

 

Michael Kenna, French Canal, Study 1, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Michael Kenna
French Canal, Study 1
gelatin silver print
7 x 7 inches
Edition of 45
$8,000

 

Ansel Adams, Christmas Card, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Ansel Adams
Untitled, included with Mr. and Mrs. Lester Roth's Christmas Card, 1940s
silver gelatin print
3 3/4 x 5 inches
SOLD

 

Adriene Veninger, Leaves Portfolio, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Adriene Veninger
Leaves Portfolio, 1996
8 pieces, edition 2 of 3
20 x 16 inches
$6,000 for portfolio or $1,500 each 

 

Luis Gonzalez Palma, El Casco I (The Helmet), 1994, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Luis Gonzalez Palma
El Casco I (The Helmet), 1994
hand painted silver gelatin print
20 x 20 inches
edition 12 of 15
$5,000

 

Harry Callahan, Grasses, Wisconsin, 1958, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Harry Callahan
Grasses, Wisconsin, 1958 (printed later)
silver gelatin print
7 x 12 inches
$15,000

 

Alan W. Bean, Aisa, Holding Hair, 1993, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Alan W. Bean
Aisa, Holding Hair, 1993 
polaroid transfer
4 x 3 inches
$900 

 

Henry Gilpin, House in Sunflower Field, 1994, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Henry Gilpin
House in Sunflower Field, 1994
gelatin silver print
4 x 5 inches
$500