New York

Ralph Gibson

Leo Castelli Gallery - Uptown

I first became familiar with Ralph Gibson’s work through his latest book of photographs, Days at Sea. The book is published by Gibson’s own house, Lustrum Press, and it exhibits the full self-indulgence of the artist who is also his own publisher. The cover of Days at Sea shows a picture of a woman sliding a large white feather between her naked buttocks, and the pictures inside indulge in the same kind of cheap sexuality, along with a number of tired Surrealist gags. A few pictures, however, are striking exceptions to this pattern, and they are the type Gibson showed at Leo Castelli.

Castelli’s photographers are coming to be a group of predictable elegance and predictable bent. They are among those current photographers who are interested in creating a new type of picture of objects, as opposed to situations or landscapes. They are heirs of Surrealism, and neighbors of Conceptualism, but

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