New York

Don Worth

Witking Gallery

Don Worth’s photographs unveil secrets of the natural world while ordering visual information in a highly cultivated manner. This show features a wide range of the artist’s color and black-and-white work from the past three decades. Worth seems to go for broke in his color photographs, overwhelming the viewer with intense colors and myriad details. By contrast, his black-and-white works are testimonies to the spiritual serenity evoked by open expanses of nature. Worth manages to achieve two radically different but equally intense pictorial effects.

The composition of the photographs—in particular, the use of pattern—is so unerringly precise and graphically “correct” that the decorous aspects occasionally overwhelm the subject. Worth seems almost protective of all these retinal stimuli: expressiveness is kept within very strict boundaries. Indeed, he seems inordinately reticent about revealing

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