DATE: July 28, 2008
Along with Lewis Baltz, Henry Wessel, and Robert
Adams, Gohlke was one of the so-called New Topographics photographers
whose cool, unsentimental images redefined the perception of the
American landscape in the seventies.
Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, 2003
Frank Gohlke, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery
excellent exhibition provides a quick refresher course on his work
since then, capped with a group of recent pictures taken on the streets
of Queens. Gohlke's subjects—driveways, façades, intersections,
shrubbery—are so ordinary that they practically repel attention. But the
quotidian has its own weird power, and these photographs tap into it
again and again. A scrawny tree and a street sign on an empty road are
all Gohlke needs to hook and hold us. Through Aug. 22.
From The New Yorker