Some of the most exciting things in art during the '80s and '90s happened in photography. Andreas Gursky, Jeff Wall, Gregory Crewdson, and others raided advertising, borrowing large-scale saturated-color prints, light-box displays, and digital manipulation and creating works that mimicked—even trumped, occasionally—the grand tradition of easel painting. The dazzling effects of high-tech photography mirrored an era of economic excess. But when Wall's retrospective landed at MOMA in 2007 and Gursky's show limped into Matthew Marks this fall, times had changed. Mainstream art photography felt exhausted: What... More >>>