• Abelardo Morell

    Bernard Toale Gallery

    With this presentation of twenty-five gelatin-silver prints made between 1987 and 2003, Abelardo Morell celebrated a long romance with the history, science, and magic of photomechanical reproduction. The widely admired Cuban-born artist uses a large-format 4 x 5 camera and 8 x 10 negatives to produce elegant black-and-white photographs of books, maps, tabletop still lifes, and currency, as well as camera obscura works. Their wizardry lies in a marriage of skillful composition and conceptual rigor.

    Some of Morell’s most striking photos are of books—rare or recent, damaged or untouched—in extreme

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