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Review: Martin Weinstein Gallery in the Star Tribune

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Alec Soth: Until Now

through May 31, 2014

This mini-retrospective in the internationally-acclaimed artist Alec Soth's home state is a fitting recap of his work to date:  35 photographs from his oeuvre from 1998 to date have been included.  This exhibition draws on samples from his early and still signature work, Sleeping by the Mississippi, as well as following projects: Niagra, Dog Days of Bogota, Fashion Magazine:  Paris/Minnesota, Last Days of W., Broken Manuel, and Siren.  The gallery previewed one work of Lake Calhoun, from an ongoing series taken this past winter; the image was also featured in the New York Times magazine.

Though he has achieved international attention, Soth remains dedicated to his place of origin.  Rather than uprooting for larger art-centers Soth has maintained and continues to work from his studio in St. Paul.  A number of works in this exhibition give a nod to the northern climate and to the winterscape that blankets Minnesota for much of the year.  Snow itself becomes a personage in frames that like all his work seeks the quiet moments in life.  Often worn, weathered, or downtrodden towns, stories, or people that are his subjects never appear without hope or integrity.  Soth's are the images we can neither deny nor avoid.  They represent the belly of truth; they are beautiful and fragile, potent and tentative.  His Walker retrospective of 2010 was more sweeping, it framed works that were of darker and more psychological tone; this selection is not only more balanced but allows us to experience the silver lining of life with much greater frequency.  

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Martin Weinstein Gallery.

Review in the Star Tribune.

Image Information:  Jane, Paris (2007) Courtesy of Martin Weinstein Gallery

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