Santa Barbara

“Invented Images”

University of California at Santa Barbara Art Museum

The exhibition “Invented Images” included photographs by some twenty artists, most notably Jared Bark, Robert Cumming, Lucas Samaras, and William Wegman. The premise was to present work done since the late ’60s that uses “props and artificial set-ups as subject matter.” In this way, it resembled the “Fabricated to be Photographed” show of a few months ago at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, now traveling, and a less-clearly defined exhibition currently at the University of California at Irvine Gallery, “Situational Imagery.” Evidently, the collective curatorial mind and eye have latched onto something. Unfortunately, the curatorial voice has yet to enunciate what.

In San Francisco a haphazard attempt was made at presenting an historical context, namely a few kindred photographs from the late 19th century to the 1940s, for the late ’70s selection of “fabricated” photographs. At Irvine

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