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Massimo Vitali at Bonni Benrubi

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 25, 2010
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013
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
No 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.

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