PRINT December 2013

Vince Aletti

Mike Brodie, #3069, 2006–2009, C-print. From the series “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,” 2006–2009.

1 MIKE BRODIE (YOSSI MILO GALLERY, NEW YORK) Brodie’s photographs of young hobos riding the rails could not be better. Everything comes together here: slightly faded color, casually beautiful composition, grit, spontaneity, soul. Like Nan Goldin and Larry Clark, Brodie has an insider’s view of an outsider’s life (now twenty-eight, he started jumping trains at seventeen and made most of these pictures in his early twenties). His work combines you-are-there authenticity with just enough distance to see through youthful bravado to moments of confusion, tenderness, and pain. These are great American photographs about a great American subject: freedom, no matter how fucked up.

2 RAGNAR KJARTANSSON (LUHRING AUGUSTINE, NEW YORK) I didn’t see every minute of Kjartansson’s The Visitors, 2012, but repeatedly immersing myself in the nine-screen video installation was still one of this past

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