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Thomas Struth

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

It is like saying: “I classify works of Art in this way: at some I look up and at some I look down.” This way of classifying might be interesting. We might discover all sorts of connections between looking up or down at works of Art and looking up and down at other things.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Lectures & Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief, 1966

In “Audience,” Thomas Struth’s 2004 series of photographs shown recently at Marian Goodman Gallery, tourists visiting the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence are depicted looking up at Michelangelo’s David, which towers above them. Almost all the visitors—dressed lightly in shorts, slacks, or skirts, with sneakers or sandals on their feet—appear oblivious or perhaps merely indifferent to being photographed, an impression that, traditionally, has been taken to imply that the subjects in question are thereby revealing their “

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