Friday, October 03, 2008

Joel Sternfeld photographs Northampton

I’m always fascinated when artists from elsewhere make work in New England. So I took interest in New York photographer Joel Sternfeld’s “Oxbow Archive” at New York’s Luhring Augustine gallery, which features landscape photos he shot in Northampton, Massachusetts, from 2005 to 2007. The gallery says the series “documents weather and atmospheric effects in a field in central Massachusetts over the course of a cycle of seasons. Sternfeld's new work represents a break with painterly notions of the Picturesque and the Sublime.” True. In reproduction, the large (5 by 7 feet) deadpan photos are kinda bland.

“Joel Sternfeld: Oxbow Archive,” Luhring Augustine, New York, Sept. 6 to Oct. 4, 2008.

Pictured: Joel Sternfeld, "March 13, 2006, The East Meadows, Northampton, Massachusetts” and “August 19, 2006, The East Meadows, Northampton, Massachusetts.” Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.


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