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Richard Misrach

Curt Marcus Gallery

Since 1983, Richard Misrach’s ongoing photographic explorations of the American desert have been organized into bodies of work he calls cantos. Misrach feels that his images, like Ezra Pound’s poems, are “free-associative,” and that, like an anthology of poetry, his collected work adds up to a greater whole. The artist recently exhibited large-format color photographs selected from three new series: “Desert Canto XV: Skies,” 1992–; “Desert Canto XXI: Heavenly Bodies [sic],” 1995–; and “Desert Canto XXII: Night Clouds,” 1994–. These radiant and technically accomplished images bridge the gap between painting and photography, between personal style and mechanical transcription, while at the same time challenging viewers to find meaning in the brilliant nothingness of desert sky.

The “Skies” selections are so painterly that it takes several moments to register that they are indeed photographs.

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