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Vince Aletti reviews MoMA's "Into the Sunset"

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 10, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

If the idea for MoMA's "Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West" isn't particularly original, its execution is.

The show opens with Richard Prince's Marlboro cowboy leaping into the circle of his lariat before a vista of flat, golden plains. Look right and you're staring into the weathered face of an unemployed blackjack dealer, in a portrait by Richard Avedon. Look left and a row of classic landscape views by Laura Gilpin, Edward Weston, Minor White, and Timothy O'Sullivan leads to Carleton Watkins's panoramic triptych of Yosemite, in the mid-nineteenth century.

Read the complete review in The New Yorker.

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