New York

Thomas Flechtner

Marianne Boesky Gallery

What to do, if you’re a gallerist, when summer comes around? Throwing together a hodgepodge from the storeroom is always a popular option. Those with a little more ambition might attempt something hipper by engaging the services of a guest curator. Either way, a lighter-than-usual theme is de rigueur. But mounting a solo show remains the exception. If the artist is a current darling you might get away with it; otherwise, the dog days are also something of a graveyard slot (London’s Richard Salmon Gallery admitted as much by titling a show “Bad August” back in 1996). Thomas Flechtner’s recent “Bloom” was entirely consistent with expectations in that it dealt in “seasonal” subject matter but did precious little with it.

That said, the start of the Swiss photographer’s follow-up to 2003’s “Snow” was nothing if not seductive. On large, bright, frameless light boxes, ethereal close-ups of branches

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