San Francisco

Todd Eberle, Untitled No. 10 [Tennessee Pipeline Company Building, Houston, Texas (Chuck Bassett/ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1963)], 2002, color photograph, 60 x 48 3/4".

Todd Eberle, Untitled No. 10 [Tennessee Pipeline Company Building, Houston, Texas (Chuck Bassett/ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1963)], 2002, color photograph, 60 x 48 3/4".

San Francisco

Todd Eberle

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
December 16–March 7, 2006

Curated by Ruth Keffer and Joseph Rosa

Todd Eberle is best known for his architectural photographs in stylish magazines like Vanity Fair, W, and Domus, but his new series of large-format images distills the contemporary architectural venture to found geometries and grids. Locating the modernist schematic in the patterns of ceilings, grills, tiles, and other architectural surfaces, these photographs reference much of the history of geometric abstraction, from De Stijl to Stephen Westfall, yet ultimately remain photographic: luminous, airy, and somewhat ethereal. The thirteen prints on view—of such iconic structures as Gordon Bunshaft's Lever House and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and Johnson Wax Building—also underscore the difficulty of achieving authentic abstraction in photography, a medium so tied to representation.

Travels to the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring 2006.