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The Poetics of Place

A new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art surveys approaches to landscape photography, from Bernd and Hilla Becher’s disciplined typology studies to Carrie Mae Weems’s sensual look at African architecture. “The Poetics of Place: Contemporary Photographs from The Met Collection,” opening December 12 and on view until June 25, includes more than 40 images from artists working from the 1960s to the present. Among the highlights are Walker Evans’s lesser-known 1970s Polaroids of Hale County, Alabama, made with an SX-70 camera when Evans was given an unlimited supply of film from the manufacturer. There are views of the West from Robert Adams, James Welling and Joel Sternfeld, and conceptual approaches to landscape from Dan Graham and Robert Smithson. Wolfgang Staehle extends landscape into the dimension of time, synchronizing over 8,000 still image to make a 24-hour, real-time portrait of the Hudson River. Even more recent is Sarah Anne Johnson’s intervention in the Arctic landscape, and Matthew Brandt’s Gum bichromate print, which revisits the demolition of the original Madison Square Garden using an image from the archive of the New York Public Library. Together, the show offers a tour of contemporary artists from the past 50 years, seen through the lens of the landscape.

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