Rut Blees Luxemburg

Laurent Delaye Gallery

Noises carried up from the street below through an open window that is usually closed, shuttered, and covered by a screen wall on which art is hung. But Rut Blees Luxemburg revealed it again as part of the installation of her show “Cauchemar,” which presented five images from the eponymous series of photographs, 2000–2002, shot in Paris and exhibited here within a precisely considered environment. Luxemburg takes her pictures at night using only available light. The long exposure times required for this result in pictures that slow down and hold the viewer’s attention. We are shown ordinary things we might expect to find anywhere—a discarded cigarette packet, the marble finishing in a lobby, damp pavement, and a lichen-covered wall—but what we see goes well beyond this. It takes us toward André Breton’s idea of convulsive beauty, to the way in which the everyday and the ephemeral can open

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