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Judy Fiskin

Asher Faure Gallery

Poring over Judy Fiskin’s tiny images is a little like searching the grounds in the bottom of a cup of Turkish coffee for a last sip of sweetness; her dense photographs represent a world reduced to a concentrated visual sediment. This exhibition of 15 framed gelatin silver prints entitled “Some Art,” (all works 1990) offers up a wildly diverse array of art objects, including a painted crouching tiger, a 19th-century engraving of tobacco jars, several assortments of glass ornaments, and a vignette from The Iliad, found on a Wedgwood plate.

When shrunk to 2¾ square inches and mounted in identical black lacquered frames within ample fields of white, the differences of medium, provenance, and the taste reflected by Fiskin’s separate subjects are reduced. The photographs themselves, edged in black with lots of dark tones, seem almost to have the substance of objects. Fiskin has described her

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