Boyd Webb

Centre Georges Pompidou, Galerie Chantal Crousel

Boyd Webb’s museum show here, titled “Salon Photos,” featured photographs from the period 1977–83. Although it was rather small, it tried to supply some sort of survey, including smaller versions of Webb’s recent large works. However, the show being composed of only eight earlier pieces and seven new ones, the viewing was somewhat foggy—even more so, I imagine, if the visitor was not familiar with the work. But did it matter? With Webb, one can appreciate the individual pieces without burrowing into the artist’s past. There is an overall theme: to confront us with our everlasting need to create meanings, even when the premises are overtly incongruous.

And incongruous they are. In Mentor, we see a kind of cross-section. The image is divided horizontally into two by an undulating piece of “earth,” actually a carpet, with five carrots stuck through. Above ground is a man with rolled-up sleeves,

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