Where to Go and What to See

The Phoenix Art Museum is also giving a little lesson in history, with a survey of work from the F/64 group, which championed photography in rebellion against the Pictorialist ideology that photos should mimic other arts, such as painting.

I'm tempted to call this week, "Something old, something new." "New" is Taj Forer's first solo show in New York going up at Yossi Milo North. The 26-year-old captures communities influenced by the ideas of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, i.e. living in close communion with nature. Yossi Milo has repeatedly proved itself to be ahead of the curve on unseen artists (e.g. Alessandra Sanguinetti's first solo US show), so I'm eager to see what Forer has to offer.

On the other side of the historical spectrum, New York's Howard Greenberg Gallery is examining the Czech avante garde photography between WWI and the Communist regime of 1948. Apparently Prague was a hotbed of Cubism and Surrrealism, second only to Paris, which spawned greats such as Atget and Man Ray.

The Phoenix Art Museum is also giving a little lesson in history, with a survey of work from the F/64 group, which championed "straight" photography in rebellion against the Pictorialist ideology that photos should mimic other arts, such as painting.

Coming full circle, an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago includes two bodies of work by Beate Gütschow, which digitally combine photographs to create vast land- and cityscapes that adhere to the formal rules of 17th-century romantic landscape painting.

~Miki Johnson

(Photo: "S #9," © Beate Gütschow/Courtesy artnet.com)

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