- Olivia Arthur (8) - Noriko Fuku, Kyoto University of Art and Design & John Jacob, Inge Morath Foundation
- Raphael Dallaporta (10) - Francois Hebel, Les Rencontres d'Arles
- Isabelle Hayeur (2) - Ann Thomas, National Gallery of Canada
- Guillaume Herbaut (10) - Agnes Sire, Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson
- Rick McKee Hock (6) - Charles Stainback, Norton Museum of Art
- Rob Hornstra (4) - Frits Giertsberg, Netherlands Fotomuseum
- Gaston Zhi Ickowicz (5) - Nissan Perez, Israel Museum
- Orrie King (6) - Elisabeth Sussman, Whitney Museum
- Oliver Sieber (3) - Bodo von Dewitz, Museum Ludwig
- Darren Sylvester (3) - Daniel Palmer, Monash University
As for the art itself, the group is solid, if uneven, as one might expect. All of it is well crafted work (it wouldn't be in the show if it wasn't); the harder question is whether any of it is ground breaking, or whether it has a point of view that we haven't seen before. To my eye, there were three standouts:
- Isabelle Hayeur's images of model homes seem to be descendants of Robert Adams and Joel Sternfeld. They combine a commentary on how we choose to house ourselves, with an undercurrent of wry irony. The image (Catherine, 2007, above right) of the starter castle, with the Mercedes in the garage and the pumpkins carefully placed on the doorstep, could just as easily have come from Greenwich, CT.
- Raphael Dallaporta's still lifes of land mines are quite startling, especially when arrayed in a larger group (as they are in the show). The contrast of the objects and their purpose is thought provoking (BLU-3/B, United States, 2008 above right).
- Darren Sylvester's Just Death is True, 2006 (below right) is a terrific stand alone image, reminiscent of Cindy Sherman. I didn't resonate with the other work by this artist as much, but it is hard not to be drawn in by this large scale work when you see it.
Rating: * (1 star) GOOD (rating system described here)
Silverstein Photography Annual
Through October 11th
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