New York

Duane Michals

Sidney Janis Gallery

Among the 41 works in this exhibition were examples of most of the varieties of photographic work for which Duane Michals is known. The roster was a diverse one: celebrity portraits (Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Downey) and portraits of friends and others; three photographic sequences, including one nine-part work, I Remember Pittsburgh, 1982, with marginal commentary written in Michals’ familiar spindly scrawl; multiple-exposure images—here frequently portraits in which each side of the frame is used as the horizon for each of four different exposures of the sitter; a dozen black and white photographs on which Michals has painted small objects in oil; and more. But despite this impressive quantity of new work from one of the more consistently exploratory of photographers working today, a becalmed air, a sense of safeness, hung over the show.

Michals’ work has always been marked by a certain

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