New York

Lynne Cohen


Lynne Cohen does not show her photographs, she makes displays of them. Her recent show, which included work from the past 15 years, offered many such displays. Images of rooms, laboratories, classrooms, showrooms, practice ranges, exhibition halls, and offices—in which people and merchandise are tested and observed—are framed in faux-stone linoleum, the title of each photograph presented beneath the image and within the frame. Each scene is discovered and shot as is, before being repackaged by Cohen, lending significance to the show’s title, “Occupied Territories.” The image is then displayed like a product in a store window, reminding one of the classic mindbender: the painter painting a painting of a painter painting a painting. . . . Cohen’s series of cubical spaces alludes to the Renaissance box of space. Her viewpoint is always straight-on and symmetrical, revealing mathematically

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