Santa Fe

Gert Rappenecker

Megan Fox Gallery

It seems that German artists raised on Hollywood Westerns can’t resist the American Southwest. A recent show of overpainted photocopies by Gert Rappenecker included two series: the first based on banal shots of sublime landscapes from travel brochures; the second, on the flatfooted, bad-color images of residential properties typical of the franchised real-estate brochures found in most tourist centers. Of the eleven thickly painted grisaille landscapes, two images were shown in different sizes—medium and medium-large. These appeared to be of the Krazy Kat landscape of Monument Valley and the vertiginous Yosemite rock face. Of course, it matters little what the specific places are, for while Rappenecker acknowledges the one-hundred-year-old tradition of mythologizing the West through photography, his work has nothing to do with rephotography; rather, it displays his fluency with the problems

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