Most of the pictures capture straight-on views of alleys, vacant lots, and dense side streets, hemmed in by concrete walls, iron fences, chain link barriers and barbed wire. Apartment blocks loom down with protective window grates and properties back up onto each other. The photographs have the abandoned silence of a police state, absent of people and simmering with claustrophobic paranoia. Overlaid texts like Remote Control, Shifting Ground, and God Has Not Failed Us give the images another layer of contextual meaning. This is a battle ground, blanketed with surveillance cameras, constantly under threat from multiple points. A diptych pairing Protecting and Invading highlights this push and pull: looking one direction toward what we want to safeguard and in the other to what we want to take from another. Last Bastion depicts a craggy castle wall amid the weed cracked pavement, both a dividing line and rallying cry.
Collector's POV: The works in this show are priced as follows: the single image black and white photographs are 20000€ each, and the black and white diptychs are 30000€ each. The single image color photographs are 12000€ each. Doherty's work has little or no auction history in the secondary markets for photography (perhaps there is more history for his videos in the contemporary art markets, I can't say), so for his vintage and more recent photographs, gallery retail is still likely the only option for interested collectors.
- Turner Prize finalist, 2003 (here)
Through March 10th
Alexander and Bonin
132 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10011