New York

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Sonnabend Gallery

Since 1956, the West German team of Bernd and Hilla Becher has been photo documenting the edifices of the Industrial Revolution: a cement plant in Neumarkt, Bavaria; a steel plant in Steubenville, Ohio; and other regional attractions not on the typical tourist's route. Although the Becher do not transform the sites that they visit, their work, like that of their Conceptualist contemporaries Daniel Buren and Christo, is produced under strict narrative and esthetic constraints, in their case yielding a photographic language so consistent that their work to date can be read as a carefully articulated catalogue of the real. They have restricted their subject matter to the industrial landscape, and have continued to produce identical-size black-and-white photographs, arranging them in gridlike formations of 2 to 20, with each group presenting a single “category” (for example, one group shows

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