On Site: ”Surface Tension”, Metropolitan Museum of Art

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits on May 7, 2010 at 9:33 am

“Suwa,Nugano”, Daido Moriyama

The current focus on art pieces created from manipulated photos is the theme of the 30 piece exhibit at the Met.

Aside from some interesting color works there are Black and White or monochrome  pieces by Friedlander, Sommers, Polke, Siskind, Fenton, Evans, Lee, and more.

Contemporary artists who exploit this apparent contradiction between photograph as window and photograph as object are featured in Surface Tension. The exhibition presents 30 works that play with the inherent tension between the flatness of the photograph and the often lifelike illusion of depth. Surface Tension highlights the ways in which artists use photographic and multi-media techniques to direct our attention to the physical surface of the photograph. Among the works featured are photographs that have been purposely scratched, burned, or painted on, as well as photograms made by placing objects directly on top of a sheet of photographic paper.

The exhibit is drawn from the museum’s collection and is a good representative sample of a trend at the nexus of art and photography.

Our favorite was the “on the fly” gritty image of Daido Moriyama.

Now through June 13: The Met

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