Moyra Davey, Les Goddesses, 2011, still from a color video, 61 minutes.

Moyra Davey

Murray Guy

Moyra Davey, Les Goddesses, 2011, still from a color video, 61 minutes.

Toronto-born photographer—or, to use a term more common north of the forty-fifth parallel, Photoconceptualist—Moyra Davey has been quietly at work in New York for more than twenty years, garnering a strong fan base among fellow artists, more recently coming to broader attention. Her recent show in New York, irresistibly titled “Spleen. Indolence. Torpor. Ill-humour.,” was essentially a meditation on the presence and absence of the human figure before the camera, articulated in three parts: the approximately hour-long HD video Les Goddesses, 2011 (which was also screened in April as part of the Whitney Biennial); an untitled group of black-and-white photographs of the artist’s five sisters, dating from 1979; and two groups of new photographs. The first, Subway Writers III, 2012, depicts people on the New York City subways engaged in the act of writing; the second, Trust

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