new-york

Craigie Horsfield

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

Mounted in black wooden frames, Craigie Horsfield’s photographs are large (ca. 50-by-40 inches) black and white pictures with a narrow, dark palette. They show: in Barcelona, a bullfight, a soccer field in an industrial area, rooftops, a bar frequented by twenty- to thirty-year-olds, and, a long, low ceramic sink; in Poland, teenagers playing basketball, a handsome woman’s face, a young woman with a printed T-shirt, and a factory worker at her machine, staring into the middle distance; in London, a pretty young woman standing naked in an empty room.

This could have been a group of faits divers. Instead we have banalities brought together by technique but lacking the esthetic, poetic, or imaginative unity that informs a created world and a maker’s vision. They have facture but no style. The poses are ordinary, the figures monotonous; the one ambitious figure group is a lump of inarticulate

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