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Jessica Craig-Martin and Lucas Michael

Boesky & Callery

Though Jessica Craig-Martin and Lucas Michael were billed as a team, there wasn’t much evidence of collaboration in this recent show of their photography. “Each artist claims authorship to their [sic] respective series,” the press release noted, and Craig-Martin’s thirty-five medium-format prints from New York’s nightlife circuit, covering three gallery walls, were neatly set off from Michael’s nineteen photos (closer to the domestic front in subject matter), which occupied the other two walls. While this allowed for convenient comparisons between the public and the private realms, it made the artists’ relationship seem, if anything, more complementary than collaborative.

The pair does share a snapshot aesthetic, which also bears a more-than-casual resemblance to the photographs of Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans. Craig-Martin makes the party rounds like a paparazzo among the nonfamous,

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