new-york

“Group Show,” “The New Dimension: Traditional Artists And Photography”

Daniel Wolf, Inc., Prakapas Gallery

Group shows. I hate them. And “Group Show,” was a perfect example of why. It contained 60 photographs by 36 contemporary photographers. There were silver prints, platinum prints, salt prints, and color prints. Most of them were by people about whom even the gallery knew precious little. What can you do with a show like this? Nothing. It’s chaos. There was too much material for me to get my mind around the whole exhibition, and too little to allow me to concentrate on any one photographer. Going from image to image, I felt as if I were picking lint.

The motives for putting on such a show include, I’m sure, a certain altruism. Each year galleries receive for consideration far more work than they can possibly exhibit. They give one-artist shows to the new photographers they like the best, but always feel that there are others left over who are deserving. So a group show like this one at least

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