Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Alvin Baltrop: Photographs 1965-2003 @Third Streaming
Comments/Context: Alvin Baltrop's photographs of the subculture of life on the abandonded West side piers in New York in the 1970s and 1980s mix danger and tenderness, public and private, in ways that brim with truthful, gritty energy. This broad retrospective show stretches from early images of his time in the military all the way to late pictures of hospital life, but it is the pier photographs that are his lasting and durable legacy.
My favorite image in the show was Untitled, 1975-1986; it's the middle image in the third column from the right in the top installation shot. I like the slashing intersection of the steel girders and the layers of angles and shadows created by the decaying structure.
Rating: * (one star) GOOD (rating system described here)
Alvin Baltrop: Photographs 1965-2003
Through May 28th
10 Greene Street
New York, NY 10013