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  • Lothar Baumgarten

    Dallas Museum of Art
    1717 North Harwood
    September 19–December 5, 2004

    Lothar Baumgarten is too conceptually agile in his employment of text, design, and installation to be thought of as simply a photographer—but his photographs are too fine to be the work of one of those supercilious “artists who use photography.” One of his best-known works, Carbon is the German artist’s elegy for the American landscape and a meditation on its tradition of landscape photography. Published as a book in 1991, it has been exhibited in various ways, but this promises to be its grandest presentation so far, incorporating wall drawings, 116 photographs, and a selection of materials from Baumgarten’s six-month trek in 1989 along America’s railroads, whose names often memorialize the native peoples they helped displace but which were themselves, by then, becoming marginalized.