Exhibition for hire :

BRIAN FINKE, CONSTRUCTION

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“Brian Finke: Construction,” the exhibition coincides with the release of Finke’s third monograph of the same title from Decode Books (Hardcover, 60 color illus., 10.5 x 10.5 inches, $55), which includes an introductory essay by Whitney Johnson, the Director of Photography at The New Yorker. Finke (b. 1976) is now well-regarded for his photographs concentrating on select groups of people, including high school cheerleaders and football players, male and female bodybuilders, and also flight attendants. In his newest body of work, he focuses upon yet another classification—namely construction workers, who are often imagined in broad and stereotypical terms. Finke began “Construction” at the height of the building boom in Manhattan in early 2008. As skyscrapers were going up at frenzied pace, the artist hoped to capitalize upon all of the energy. However, the real estate market soon collapsed, and what Finke found instead were often empty sites with very little going on. Finke writes: “It would feel like being out in the desert or in the middle of nowhere. A lot of the time it was just staring at a ladder on the roof of a building, all by itself.” As Whitney Johnson comments: “In the documentary tradition, Finke’s observations of this subset of society reveal something about our time.” She continues: “These pictures are not about drama or awe, [n]or are they about architectural feat. . . Instead Finke takes an honest look at what it means to be—at the daily task of being—a construction worker.” Brian Finke graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1998 with a BFA in photography. Since that time, he has had incredible success as an artist, with work placed in nine museum collections here and abroad. His first monograph was named one of the best photography books of 2004 by American Photo magazine. Also in 2004, Finke was one of twelve artists nominated for the International Center for Photography’s annual Infinity Award, and he won a prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
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Press List
DECODE Books
ClampArt, NYC September 2012
Press Release Press Release-Finke_Construction.pdf
“Brian Finke: Construction,” The New Yorker, Review by Vince Aletti (September 2012) “Construction,” CNN, Portfolio with interview (July 2012) “On the Bookshelf: Brian Finke’s Construction,” GQ, Review and photographs (Sept. 25, 2012) “Brian Finke and Construction,” The Photographer Discloses, Interview and photos (Sept. 2012) “Construction,” Time LightBox, Review with photo (September 2012) “Photo of Today- Brian Finke,” Alexia Foundation, Review and photos (August 16, 2012) “Brian Finke Construction,” Newsweek Picture Dept, Review and photos (September 2012) “Photo of the Day,” PDN, Review and photos (September 5, 2012) “Brian Finke Construction,” La Lettre De La Photographie, Review and photos (Sept 19, 2012) “Build It,” Fortune,” Fortune Magazine, Review and photos (September 10, 2012) “Harry Allen/ Nonfiction” WBAI 99.5 FM, Radio Interview (September 7, 2012) “Construction by Brian Finke,” This Is the What, Portfolio and interview (June 13, 2012)

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