new-york

Darren Almond

Matthew Marks Gallery

Inspired by the life and work of Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, Darren Almond’s recent exhibition was a study in strategic contrasts, an orchestrated dialogue between beauty and decay designed to evoke both the lyricism and the melancholy characteristic of the late Nobel Prize–winner’s artistic outlook. Pairing a suite of wildly gorgeous color photographs of the California coast with a series of somber black-and-white shots of a winter landscape in Siberia—where Brodsky spent eighteen months in a labor camp before being exiled in 1972—the show also included a selection of Almond’s painted aluminum signs, the centerpiece of which featured lines from Brodsky’s “A Part of Speech” (1975–76), in which the writer contemplates the homeland he left behind.

London-based Almond is a prolific neo-Conceptualist whose diverse projects have frequently engaged issues of time, place, and memory, and the ways

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