Monday, November 2, 2009

New Topographics

A new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) called, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, is of interest.

The show includes Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, Jr., Timothy O'Sullivan, Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Robert Smithson, Dan Graham, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation.

Why aren't there more women in this line up? I can think of many who should be represented - Meridel Rubenstein, Linda Connor, Kim Stringfellow, Catherine Wagner, Laura Cohen, among many others. Given the fact that the show is an updated redux of a 1975 show of the same name at the George Eastman House, LACMA missed an opportunity to level the playing field in the "New" Topographics.

Nevertheless, it looks interesting and I plan to see it when I'm in Los Angeles later this month. The show runs Oct. 25, 2009 - January 3, 2010.
Above: Bernd and Hilla Becher

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