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  • Candida Höfer, Kurmittelhaus Wenningstedt I, 1979, color photograph, 15 x 22 1/2".

    Candida Höfer

    University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University
    1250 Bellflower Boulevard
    January 25–April 17

    Norton Museum of Art
    1451 South Olive Avenue
    October 15–January 8

    Curated by Constance W. Glenn

    Around 1980, people started to disappear from Candida Höfer's photographs. If you look at her images long enough, writes poet Michael Krüger, you can imagine a world without humans. Best known for her interiors, from the Palacio Real Madrid to Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Höfer has traveled the world in search of architectures of extraordinary tranquility and silence. Her dedication to absence is perhaps the best indication of her training in Bernd and Hilla Becher's photography program in the '70s. Compared to classmates Gursky, Ruff, and Struth, she has gained relatively little attention in the US. That may change with this fifty-work career survey.

    Travels to the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, CA, Oct. 15–Jan. 8, 2006; and other venues.

  • Landscape Confection

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    The Ohio State University 1871 North High Street
    January 29–May 1

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    July 23–September 11

    Orange County Museum of Art
    850 San Clemente Drive
    February 5–May 7

    Curated by Helen Molesworth

    The Wexner has aptly billed “Landscape Confection” as “whimsical and vividly colorful,” but with artists like Kori Newkirk, Michael Raedecker, and Lisa Sanditz in the mix, the show also promises some slightly unsettling moments. About fifty works by thirteen artists—including Pia Fries's bright, topographical abstractions and Rowena Dring's stitched-by-numbers “paintings”—relate, in varying degrees of representation, to the landscape. All evidence the allure and durability of this ancient subject. The catalogue features an essay by Helen Molesworth and entries by Wexner associate curator Claudine Isé.

    Travels to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, July 23–Sept. 11; Orange County Museum of Art, Feb. 5, 2006–May 7, 2006.