new-york

Kim Keever

Kinz + Tillou Fine Art

Kim Keever’s ethereal color photographs of constructed landscape dioramas are undeniably seductive—a gaggle of ladies-who-lunch cooed admiringly over them on my visit to the New Yorker’s recent exhibition—but their purportedly “subversive” edge is blunt indeed. Keever employs a nice balance of the sophisticated and the jury-rigged, and sets up some mildly entertaining confusions of scale, but his images’ hazy visual atmospherics ultimately lack a tempering conceptual lucidity. An adjacent exhibition of paintings by Hudson River School artists such as Alfred Thompson Bricher, John William Casilear, and Hermann Herzog hammered home the photographs’ most obvious historical touchstone, but Keever’s “update” feels no less programmatic.

An introductory wall text and studio shot—an image that is in some ways more satisfying than any of the works—gave the game away before it had started. Depicting

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