Museum Watch: New Photography 2010 at MoMA

Posted by David Ozanich — 9 Oct 2010


The New York Times weighs in on the Museum of Modern Art’s “New Photography 2010” show, its 25th anniversary.

The four artists in this year’s stimulating show — Roe Ethridge, Elad Lassry, Alex Prager and Amanda Ross-Ho — care about visual literacy, not theory. They revel in color, and in the physical presence of the photographic print. And they’re openly nostalgic, while their predecessors were critical.

“New Photography 2010” was organized by Roxana Marcoci, a curator in MoMA’s photography department. Ms. Marcoci, who also put together the museum’s current sixth-floor exhibition “The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today,” has a keen eye for how photography interacts with other mediums. Her installation combines photography, 16-millimeter film and sculpture, often seamlessly. It also sparks conversations among the separate bodies of work, which hasn’t always been the case with the New Photography series.

About the photo above, “Old Fruit” by Roe Ethridge, they write:

Mr. Ethridge’s most evocative works are still lifes with a twist, rooted in catalog illustrations and painterly trompe l’oeil. His shot of a bowl of moldy fruit, which appeared on the cover of Vice magazine, is a standout — a raffish take on pictorialism.

The show is up an running at MoMA in New York City until January 10th, 2011. The whole review is here.

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