Neil Folberg

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Born: 
1950
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Neil Folberg’s career is one of constant innovation. His earliest work consists of earthy B&W images that document a people’s presence on their land, in Yugoslav Macedonia. After moving to Israel in 1976, he began a series of color landscape photographs that recall his mentor Ansel Adams, with their expansive view of the rugged desert landscape (In a Desert LandAbbeville Press 1987). From there, he looked up to the shimmering celestial dome which led to his unprecedented photographs of humanity standing at the edge of an infinite universe. (Celestial Nights, Aperture Press 2001). Moving to a world of lit interiors, he was commissioned by Aperture to make a series of photographs of historic synagogues of the world. (And I Shall Dwell Among Them, Aperture Press, 1997). He used that same lighting to evoke the colors and light of the French Impressionists in his innovative re-creation of their world (Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists, Abbeville Press, 2005). Serpent’s Chronicle (Abbeville Press 2013) places humanity on the stage of nature in scenes that depict the Serpent’s mythical version of Eden. In his most recent work, Taking Measure, Folberg includes himself in vast landscapes in which he considers the ultimate limits of knowledge and vision.
 

Neil Folberg was born in San Francisco in 1950. He studied with Ansel Adams and William Garnett at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1972. In 1976 he moved with his wife Anna to Jerusalem, Israel from where he continued his work on photographic and publishing projects.  He established Vision Neil Folberg Gallery in 1998, where he presents the work of contemporary photographers worldwide. 

 

Solo Shows 

Group Shows 

2010 Flomenhaft Gallery, NewYork

2008 
First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Celestial Nights: AnAperture Traveling Exhibition*
Yeshiva University Museum, New York    
    
2007    
Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
Hammond Art Gallery, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA
WomenPainters, Painted Women: A group exhibition Vietnam/Israel
National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi Curator: Raquelle Azran 
Traversing the Cosmos: Photographs by Folberg, NASA, Malin and  Subaru Telescope, including Celestial Nights, the Aperture traveling  exhibition
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
Contemporary Israeli Photography at the Ordover Gallery at the
SanDiego Museum of Natural History in conjunction with
Dead Sea Scrollsexhibition
Neil Folberg, Odyssey
Flomenhaft Gallery, NewYork
Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
Miller Jewish Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma    
Celestial Nights: AnAperture Traveling Exhibition*
Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
        
2006
The Impressionists' Salon*
Holden LuntzGallery, Palm Beach, Florida
Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50, St.Petersburg, Florida
Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50, FortWayne Museum of Art
Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50, Dayton Art Institute
Celestial Nights: An Aperture TravelingExhibition*
Gershman Y Galleries, The Borowsky and Open LensGalleries, Philadelphia, PA            
    
2005
GalerieZéro l'infini, Kunst 05, Zurich
Manet, Morisot and Friends*
Flomenhaft Gallery, New York
Celestial Nights*
Pikto Gallery, Toronto
Camera Sacra
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
    
2004
Galerie Zéro l'infini, Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris*
Prochaine Station Cosmos, Hotel de Sponeck, L'Allan scéne nationale
par le19, centre régional d'art contemporain
Montbéliard, France
Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
At TheSkirball Museum, Los Angeles
Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions inTourism 
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

2003     
MichaelHoffman Memorial Exhibition,
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
At The Cleveland Museumof Natural History
Celestial Nights: Ra’anana Municipal Art Gallery, Israel*

2002     
Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition *
At the Groningen Nature Museum in co-operation withNoorderlicht Photo Festival, Groningen, Holland
Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50, New York, New York
New Directions, LA County Museumof Art
Celestial Nights  Candace Perich Gallery, Katonah, N.Y.*
CelestialNights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
At La Galerie Photographiesdu Montpellier, France
Celestial Nights  Klotz/Sirmon Gallery, NewYork*
    
2001
Celestial Nights  Vision Gallery, Jerusalem*
    
2000
The Best of Aperture, Aperture's Burden Gallery, New York
The Holy Land Revealed, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
100Years of Photography in Eretz Israel. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Celestial Nights , Galerie Mistral, Montreal*
And I Shall DwellAmong Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
At Galerie Fiolet, Winterswijk, Holland
Celestial Nights , Fine Gallery, Atlanta JCC, Atlanta*
Celestial Nights , Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco*    
Celestial Nights , Carol Ehlers Gallery, Chicago*    
    
1999    
Celestial Nights , Alan Klotz/Photocollect Gallery, New York*
    
1998    
Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco*
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
At Spertus Museum, Chicago

1997
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
At Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach
And I Shall DwellAmong Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
At Mizel Museum ofJudaica, Denver

1996 
Ansel Adams Gallery, Pebble Beach, Ca.*
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*, At Jewish Museum, Camden, London
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*, At Municipal Archives, Krefeld, Germany

1995 
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*, At Aperture's Burden Gallery, New York
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Vision Gallery, San Francisco*
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.*
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*, At De Beyerd Museum of Contemporary Art, Breda, Netherlands

1992    
Museum of Photography at Tel-Hai, Kiryat Shemona, Israel*
University Art Gallery, University of the Negev, Beersheva*
Northlight Gallery, Arizona State Univ., Tempe*
Silver Light Gallery, Seattle, WA.*

1991    
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*        
St. Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis, Mo.*
    
1990    
Musée Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France*
Ha'aretz Museum, Tel Aviv*
    
1989    
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*

1988    
Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, Texas*

1987      
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*
Ledel Gallery, New York*
    
1986    
University of the Pacific, Ca. (with Brett Weston)
Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.*
    
1985    
George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y.*
California State University, Hayward, Ca.*
The Photography Gallery, La Jolla, Ca.*
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*    
    
1984    Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, Ca.*
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*
    
1983    
Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.*
Stephen White Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.*

1982    
Here and Now, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Santa Ana College Art Gallery, Santa Ana, Ca.*
Galerie Fiolet, Amsterdam*
    
1981     
Hillel Gallery, Jerusalem*
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo*
    
1980    
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*
Camera Obscura Gallery, Stockholm*
Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C.*
    
1979    
Fresno Art Center, Fresno, Ca.*
American Cultural Centers, Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv*
Punkt Gallery, Copenhagen*
    
1976    
Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.*
    
1974    
American Cultural Center, Skopje, Yugoslavia*
The Lowie Museum, Berkeley, Ca.*
    
1973    
The Studio Gallery, Berkeley, Ca.*

1972    
Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.*

 

Bibliographie/Major Publications

2007    
Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists, Abbeville Press, New York
Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land, Abbeville Press, New York (newly published under Abbeville label)

2002    
Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50
Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land, Aperture Press, New York
WINNER OF NEW YORK BOOK SHOW PRIZE, FIRST PLACE PHOTOGRAPHY, 2002
Accompanied by an Aperture traveling exhibition
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World, Aperture Press, New York 2nd Hardbound Edition & Softcover  Editions
In a Desert Land: Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan, Abbeville Press, New York 2nd Edition
    
1995
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World,  Aperture Press, New York
Publication accompanied by a portfolio and travelling exhibition
WINNER OF NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 1996

1987    
In a Desert Land: Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan, Abbeville Press, New York   

1986    
The Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem (portfolio)

1984    
Sinai, Adam Publishers, Jerusalem

1975    
We Are Thy People, Bet-Alpha Press, Berkeley, Ca.

Lectures
    
Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 6, 2008
Chatanooga Museum of American Art, May 26, 2008
French Consulate, New York, May 27,2008
Yeshiva University Museum, May 28, 2008
Miami Art Museum, Miami, January 16, 2008
Wolfsonian Museum, Miami, January 21, 2008
New York Public Library, January 15, 2008
Palm Beach3, Palm Beach, January 13, 2008
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C, December 20, 2007
Christie's, New York, November 5, 2007
Rizzoli's Books, November 29, 2007
Pikto Gallery, Toronto, May 5, 2005
        
Collections       

Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Toronto
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.
Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York
George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Ludwig Museum, Cologne
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Museum of Art, St. Louis, Mo.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
Musée Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Jose Museum of Art
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tel-Aviv Museum
Yale University Museum of Art
 

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