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Paul Shambroom

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Where was Paul Shambroom when the arms race ended? His photos of nuclear weapons and the places they are stored and deployed enter a decidedly complex discourse about the legacy of cold-war military buildup. From Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove to The Hunt for Red October to recent terrorists-steal-bomb potboilers like Broken Arrow, public understanding of nuclear arms has always been contingent on a mixture of reality- and fantasy-based sources, among them the Pentagon, the news media, and the entertainment industry. We are still reminded regularly that the threat of nuclear conflict is greater now than ever before in the new geopolitical theater. Of course, the “truth” (and consequences) of such arguments is up for grabs.

Shambroom, though, seems to believe that he can offer one particular kind of truth on the issue: photographic evidence. In this, the artist’s first solo show in New

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