Matthew Higgs

1 JOCHEN LEMPERT (IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, NAGAIZUMI, JAPAN; CURATED BY YOSHIE KUNITA) The Izu Photo Museum, set among the foothills of Mount Fuji, with interior spaces and surrounding gardens designed by the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, was an apposite and empathetic setting for Lempert’s closely observed images of the natural world. Printed in the darkroom by the artist and installed directly on the gallery’s walls without any form of framing, Lempert’s deceptively modest pictures of birds, insects, plants, and the open sea—some no more than a few inches wide—were, like nature itself, things of wonder.

Co-organized with the German Embassy, Tokyo.

Jochen Lempert, Un voyage en mer du Nord (Voyage on the North Sea) (detail), 2009, six gelatin silver prints, each 40 × 32 5/8".

2 “THINGS ARE WHAT WE ENCOUNTER: DR. CHARLES SMITH + HEATHER HART” (JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER, SHEBOYGAN, WI; CURATED BY KAREN PATTERSON) Since 1986, Dr. Charles Smith, a self-taught artist and Vietnam veteran, has worked on the

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