Long May You Shoot--'After the Gold Rush' at the Met

A show of contemporary photos takes on our age's 'gilded toxicity'

Realism, artifice, California: diCorcia's Todd M. Brooks, 22 Years Old, from Denver, Colorado, $40 (1991)
Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York
Realism, artifice, California: diCorcia's Todd M. Brooks, 22 Years Old, from Denver, Colorado, $40 (1991)

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'After the Gold Rush: Contemporary Photographs From the Collection'
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

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These and other pictures in this excellent exhibition—which could have also used point-blank documentarians like Nina Berman and Chris Verene—prove that art can indeed comment directly on life (rather than, say, on other art) and vice versa. Visual missives from not so long ago when artists routinely took on politics, they remind us that photography, along with painting and all manner of other media, can harness complex, volatile, contentious ideas and feelings. Few times call out for a reprise as much as our own.

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Pretty sure Copperhead Grid is from 1990 and not 2009.

Iago Galdston
Iago Galdston

Correct, The images are from 1990, this presentation as a grid dates from 2009

 
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