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The list of show I want to see grows!
Frederick Sommer at Bruce Silverstein
Best known as a photographer, Sommer (1905-99) never restricted himself to one medium, and this sprawling, museum-quality survey shows how closely his photography, drawing, painting, and collage work were linked.
Frederick Sommer, Untitled, 1991, © Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation, Courtesy Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY
The photographs cover a lot of ground: desert landscapes, portraits, and nudes, pictures of cut-paper constructions, found-object assemblages, and Dubuffet-style abstractions conjured from smoke on glass or paint on cellophane. Hung alongside spidery drawings or more fluid, densely worked paintings, a wall of these images could spark enough energy to power the gallery. Collages of anatomical etchings underline the physicality and continue Sommer's focus on decay and mortality.
From The New Yorker.[From AIPAD - News/Events]