• Bill Dane

    Fraenkel Gallery

    “Well, it’s a fantasy problem,” says a Sunday comic-strip frame on the shop-window partition in one of Bill Dane’s recent photographs. The window-dressing view (Shreves, San Francisco, 1982) shows a big teddy bear mummified in funnies and sporting a pair of Chinese platers, each with the same image of an exotic garden with butterfly. It’s an apotheosis of desperate, pintoes artifice, and you realize the whole shot’s about getting to heaven and finding it just like home.

    The stuff of this world, as Dane finds it, is preternaturally pictured, dolled up, or in one way or another on display Repeatedly,

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