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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Addison Gallery of American Art presents: "Heaven and Earth"


On the left is a little known geometric abstraction of mine that is in Addison's permanent collection, and on the right


Heaven and Earth

On View February 7 - April 5, 2015

"Sky, sea, and land have long served as alluring subjects for artists who wish to challenge themselves with fleeting effects of atmosphere, light, and motion: churning rapids, wind-blown trees, dark thunderheads, gossamer mists. Nineteenth-century artists often depicted a nature either harmoniously idyllic or terrifyingly awesome—sometimes both at once. While many of the works in this exhibition present the landscape as a kind of fantasy, others explore the ways in which artists—both past and present—have expressed their wonder at nature’s invisible or intangible properties, as well as exercised their imaginations to depict the unknown."

Monday, February 9, 2015

PDN Photo of the Day: "Light on Noir"


"Untitled (Film Noir #1401)," 2011. © Bill Armstrong/Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art


"Classic film noir movies gave us more than memorable hardboiled detectives and sexy femme fatales. The visual style of film noir—gritty shadows, low-key lighting, tilted horizon lines—has influenced many visual arts, from television and video games to advertising. To celebrate this influence, The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles has teamed up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present “The Noir Effect,” an exhibition examining the influence of film noir on contemporary photography and other media.
The show includes work by Cindy Sherman, who mimics stills from film noir in some of her selfportraits, and Bill Armstrong, whose “Film Noir” series is characterized by deeply saturated colors and abstract shapes, yet manages to capture the ominous mood of film noir. Ronald Corbin captures black-and-white scenes of rain-soaked sidewalks and neon lights that look like they came right out of the movies of the 1940s, but were shot in the 1990s. Other artists in the show include Ed Ruscha, Jane O’Neal and Helen Gardner." 

—Holly Stuart Hughes

The Noir Effect” runs through March 1, 2015 at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy New Year: January 2015 Press for LA Show


"The Noir Effect" at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles has some recent press:


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Here's something from the blog of KCRW Radio in Los Angeles:





Saturday, November 1, 2014

Design and Decor Magazine Includes Photo on Cover

3D Magazine features Film Noir Photograph


Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

​Solo Exhibition:​

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​Group Exhibitions:

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Please visit: billarmstrongphotography.com
 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Inside the Museum

Here's an article about my upcoming project in the Vatican Museum:

“Inside the Museums” project Conference

Director of Vatican Museums, Prof. Antonio Paolucci, and Curator of the XIX Century and Modern Art Collection, Dott.ssa Micol Forti, held a conference on the ground breaking project, the “Inside the Museums” photo-documentary. This is a new Patrons project regarding the commissioned production and aquisition of art photography for the Vatican Museums.  Proposed and curated by Alessandra Mauro, who represents the Magnum Agency in Italy, the concept entails an artistic interpretation of the Museums by an international group of important artists photographers who will consider themes such as the physical space of the Museums and their rooms (Peter Bialobrezeski from Germany, and Italians Massimo Siragusa and Antonio Biasucci), their link to memory and history (Bill Armstrong from the USA and Mimmo Jodice from Naples), and also include the people who have worked there over time (Francesco Jodice and Martin Parr from the UK).  The series begins with French artist Alain Fleicher who will follow visitors throughout the complex.  The project represents a wide variety of artistic styles and approaches and will constitute the first important nucleus of contemporary photography for the Museums collection.  This project is unique in Italy to the Vatican Museums and will be the very first photographic pieces in their collection.
The Inside the Museums photography project was generously sponsored by Lisette & Michael Farrell and Peter Farrell of the California Chapter and the Carlsons of the New York Chapter.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Appropriation & Inspiration at The New Britain Museum Of American Art


I am very pleased to announce that I have a photograph up in the permanent collection at the The New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT.  It is part of a program called Appropriation & Inspiration, which commissions artists to make works inspired by paintings in the collection.  My photograph is paired with a painting by a Chinese artist named Foeiqua that was, in turn, derived from the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington.