Palm Beach

Candida Höfer, Palacio Real Madrid I 2000, color photograph, 60 x 60".  © 2004 Candida Höfer/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Candida Höfer, Palacio Real Madrid I 2000, color photograph, 60 x 60". © 2004 Candida Höfer/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Candida Höfer

Norton Museum of Art

The Norton Museum of Art’s installation of “Architecture of Absence,” the first North American survey of the work of German photographer Candida Höfer, opened with an auspicious face-off. In the small entry gallery, two recent sixty-inch-square C-prints depicting empty auditoriums stared across the space at ten smaller photographs, double hung and dating back to 1979, showing a selection of interiors—lecture halls, museum galleries, dining rooms, transit stops, theaters. This introduction concisely encapsulated the terms that have dominated Höfer’s practice since the late 1970s: The public interiors that were presented, from the forlorn dayroom of a German convalescent home to the concrete-encased escalators of Zurich’s Stadelhofen train station, were all entirely devoid of people, and were shot in a thoroughly idiosyncratic range of styles that included vast panoramas and claustrophobic

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