DATE: January 25, 2010
Massimo Vitali at Bonni Benrubi
Vitali is famous for his huge color photographs of
Europeans at the beach—landscapes of leisure that are as big as history
paintings but a lot more matter-of-fact.
Massimo Vitali, Scala dei Turchi Island, Sicily, 2009, © Massimo Vitali / Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC
drama, no narrative, just the sand, the sea, and a scattering of people
carefully and coolly observed. These summer scenes, from Sicily and
Turkey, make Vitali's show a welcome getaway on chilly days. His
elevated, omniscient perspective (he usually works from a raised
platform) takes the work out of the realm of tourist snaps and closer to
that of Thomas Struth, especially in views of ancient sites in Turkey.
Read the complete review in The New Yorker.