Sunday, October 4, 2009

At LACMA - New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape

Opening October 25 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents a restaging of the landmark 1975 exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape. Originally curated by William Jenkins at International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) the show brought together nine photographers—Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel, Jr.
Signaling the emergence of a new approach to landscape, the show effectively gave a name to a movement or style.
New Topographics has since come to be understood as marking a paradigm shift with the artists thoughtfully engaged with their medium and its history in different ways. This version of New Topographics will also include some thirty prints and books by other relevant artists—clearly distinguished by physical presentation from the primary works—to provide additional historical and contemporary context. Relevant artists include key figures such as Timothy O’Sullivan, Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Robert Smithson, and Dan Graham. The exhibition has been curated at LACMA by Charlotte Cotton and runs until January 10, 2010.

And as a footnote, Steidl are republishing the now out of print New Topographics catalogue. The edition is available on Amazon, although not until December 31st. It's a 256 page hard back book, priced at US$36.54.

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