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Jan Groover

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Since achieving recognition in the early ’70s for a series of coolly conceptual photographic pieces, Jan Groover has followed a path that has taken her deeper and deeper into an exploration of the properties of photographic depiction. Perhaps not surprisingly, Groover’s quintessential photographic formalism has led her to rely on an increasingly pared-down technique, involving the use of a large-format camera and black-and-white film to produce platinum-palladium contact prints. At the same time she has restricted her work to a narrow range of subjects, primarily still lifes composed of a limited number of objects that recur in picture after picture. All of these factors give her recent photographs the quality of carefully controlled experiments in the construction of photographic meaning. Groover has not forgone the conceptual underpinnings of her earlier work; instead she has clarified

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