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Thomas Struth, Mountain, Anaheim, California, 2013, C-print, 6' 8 5/8“ x 10' 8 1/8”.

Thomas Struth

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Thomas Struth, Mountain, Anaheim, California, 2013, C-print, 6' 8 5/8“ x 10' 8 1/8”.

The fourteen photographs that made up this exhibition of recent work by Thomas Struth represent some of the strongest images of his career while also continuing a conversation about the fraught relationships among imagination, technology, place, and culture that the artist has been developing since the late 1970s. Looking at Struth’s photograph Ulsan 2, Lotte Hotel, 2010, depicting a hotel situated—we might say, embedded—in Ulsan, South Korea, one cannot help but note that this city, labyrinthine in its vertical and horizontal sprawl of starkly white buildings, comes to dominate the hills seen in the distance. The size of the picture, roughly five by ten feet, and its intricacy of detail make this reversal of context—the man-made rather than the natural determining an experience of space—feel inescapable. In other words, it is the city and its dense cluster of

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