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Andreas Gursky

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Do Andreas Gursky’s photos estheticize the banal? And is this nauseating decadence or is it actually interesting? Yes, these images really capture boredom, at business, at leisure, but mostly in between. “Genoa” is a parking lot, where you get a glimpse of some ships in the background but mostly see the rear ends of autos packed with vacation gear. What he captures here, like an eternity, is that tourist feeling you get when you’re waiting for the rush that you’re “there”—but you’re stuck in some lackluster intermediary place like a parking lot or charmless café. Only the place-name remains, “Genoa,” as if mocking your tourist enterprise by reminding you that you’re “there”—and it’s a parking lot. “Salerno” is a parking lot, too, full of Fiats, almost all of them white. At the “St. Moritz Restaurant,” we see many people at tables that could be anywhere; the upper half of the image is a

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