New York

Stephen Shore

303 Gallery

The Velvet Underground has been aboveground for decades, and all tomorrow’s parties have become all yesterday’s parties, yet the Warholian milieu of the mid-1960s continuously resurfaces as the eternally hip subaltern. The Factory has been fetishized, romanticized, historicized, and analyzed as an incubator for the cross-pollination of art, experimental film, fashion, music, performance, parties, glamour, sexual/identity transgression, a new sub-pop culture, and more. So it’s a rather quaint experience to revisit that environment through the eyes of Stephen Shore, who was a mere seventeen years old in 1965 when he began to shoot the modestly scaled, charmingly ordinary black-and-white pictures exhibited here. That some of these images have accrued an almost archetypal resonance probably owes less to their intrinsic pictorial strengths than to the fact that they constitute one of the primary

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