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Alfred Gescheidt at Higher Pictures

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 29, 2009
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014

Gescheidt's photographs, made between 1949 and 1979, are brash, crass, and bound to offend contemporary sensibilities.

He worked in black-and-white and with a wide variety of pre-Photoshop collage and montage techniques to make memorably provocative pictures: a young preppy couple with babies' heads, the Washington Monument as a stake for giant horseshoes, "American Gothic" restaged with Shirley Chisholm and George Wallace. If many of these images are tasteless period pieces, others (like a series on the difficulties of stopping smoking) remain pointed and alarmingly funny.

Read the complete review in The New Yorker.

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