On Site: Passages in Contemporary Photography, The Met, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits on July 26, 2010 at 10:25 am


Courtesy The Met

An interesting exhibit of mostly 60’ and 70’s photographs with a theme of geo-displacement.

Works by Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth evince a faith in photography’s traditional powers of description to reflect upon a newly post-national, global existence, while Darren Almond and Doug Aitken examine perceptual and psychological disconnections that accompany the same seismic transformations. The exhibition also includes works by Lothar Baumgarten, Matthew Buckingham, Valie Export, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Svetlana Kopystiansky, Dennis Oppenheim, Allen Ruppersberg, Fazal Sheikh, Erin Shirreff, Robert Smithson, Anne Turyn, Jeff Wall, and Weng Fen.

Of particular interest were predominantly Black and White photos by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Valie Export and Lothar Baumgarten. Use of light and shadow, foreground focus and select use of color distinguish this group of photos.

We are not sure the exhibit achieves its goal of observed alienation but you can be the judge.

Now, through February 13, 2011.

For more information: The Met

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