New York

Alvin Booth

Yancey Richardson Gallery

Swathed in latex or bound and laced in modish leather garments designed by the photographer himself, the gilt figures that populate Alvin Booth’s photographs are distinctly contemporary. Flexing in various positions, these glistening bodies coated with metallic oils and gold powder clearly reflect present-day obsessions with the body, style, and fashion. As if to underscore this fact, many of these untitled eroticized images are mounted on the wall in a gridded format that expands on the variegated and voyeuristic aspects of the fashion photographer’s contact sheet. But such commonplace fixations alone would scarcely command attention were they not framed—literally in this case—by historical reference, that is, in soldered metal made by Booth to recall the leaded glass of the nineteenth century. A period nostalgia is further accentuated by the artist’s labor-intensive techniques, through

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