Adam Bartos

Yossi Milo Gallery

Adam Bartos’s recent first exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery—comprised of a dozen large-format photographs of Los Angeles—was a long time in the making. The New York–born Bartos moved to Ocean Park in 1978 and began taking pictures as a way of habituating himself to his new environs. Inspired by William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, Bartos shot in color (although his blanched, elemental palette was significantly muted relative to Eggleston’s garish saturation). In any case, Bartos only returned to his California images two years ago, publishing them alongside contemporary scenes from Paris in his book Boulevard, 2005. Newly printed for this show, and at a greater scale than what would have been possible at the time they were taken, the LA photos effect an anomalous disjunction between their uncannily crisp execution and their outmoded subjects. In this regard, Bartos seems to have unwittingly

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