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Review: John Divola at Gallery Luisotti

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

John Divola has made inevitable decay a central theme of his photography for more than 30 years, beginning with the influential 1973 series titled "Vandalism," shot in abandoned Los Angeles houses.

Five exceptional new works at Gallery Luisotti return to that imagery, marvelously complicating and confounding many assumptions about photography and art.

The setup is simple: A jet-black circle has been spray-painted on several white walls in an empty house, then photographed. The five pictures demonstrate five different spatial arrangements for the painted mark.

Read the complete review in The Los Angeles Times.

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