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  • Andreas Gursky: Photographs, 1994-1998

    Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
    Hollerplatz 1
    May 23–September 9, 1998

    In the States, Andreas Gursky may be considered the bronze medalist of recent German photography, behind the Towering Thomases (Ruff and Struth), but this exhibition—not to mention the larger retrospective opening this August in Düsseldorf—makes the case for a more equitable assessment. The twenty-six pictures in the show (curated by the museum’s own Veit Görner, who is also editing the catalogue) focus on such subjects as hotel atriums, museum installations, and inhabited landscapes, unified by the cool severity of their organization. Like Ruff’s and Smith’s best work, these large photos raise pertinent questions about the ways our civilization represents itself. May 23–Sept. 9; travels to Serpentine Gallery, London, Jan.–Feb. 1999; and three additional venues.