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David Goldblatt

New Museum

SERENADING THE QUOTIDIAN has always been David Goldblatt’s forte. He pries away the surface of the ordinary and pushes his audience to do the same. Dissatisfied with the spuriousness of easy conclusions—and having thus long eschewed the didactic aesthetics of South Africa’s resistance-era documentary tradition—Goldblatt refuses the drama of the clash for the stifled pain of its aftermath. And it is the toxic residues of apartheid that linger in his ongoing Intersections project: a corpus of large-format color photographs from the past decade that probe crosscurrents of peoples, values, and ideas. This rich and nuanced survey, titled “Intersections Intersected” (and organized by Ulrich Loock of the Fundação Serralves in Porto, Portugal, where it originated, and the New Museum’s Richard Flood), found the artist shuffling, cross-pollinating, and creatively plumbing his own photographic archive.

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