New York

Collier Schorr

303 Gallery

In this show, Collier Schorr turned up the volume on her perennial favorite subject—teenage boys—and drew us once again into privileged proximity with a company of high school pugilists whose inner circle she happens to have penetrated. Her fascination with young athletes is reflected in the proportions of her big, new color photographs (measuring up to four by three feet) and the heightened drama she pumps into her pictures. By means of pronounced chiaroscuro she transforms the ordinariness of an empty gym into a moody film noir set—its stark, stripped-down stage and after-hours atmosphere resounding with layers of ambiguity (and, we’re prompted to imagine, reeking with sweat)—as real-life players spar, pose, and otherwise perform, seemingly for her alone.

As if to amplify the theatricality of “look but don’t touch” that ripples through the close encounters she orchestrates, and perhaps

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