New York Photo Review
Volume 3 Issue 25 SUMMER ISSUE AUGUST 2012 July 31 to September 4, 2012


Summer Exhibition: Real Estate
Taylor’s Place, near Greensboro, Alabama by William Christinberry. Source:
William Christinberry, "Taylor’s Place, near Greensboro, Alabama" 1974

More rewarding if viewed at a slow, leisurely pace, “Real Estate” at Pace/Macgill is an ideal exhibition for summer. Featuring the work of eight photographers– Richard Benson, Harry Callahan, William Christenberry, Paul Graham, Nicholas Nixon, Michal Rovner, Duane Michals and Henry Wessel – it reveals the way each artist captured skyscrapers, small buildings, shacks, suburban homes, and city dwellings to create a sense of place.

There are no people in these pictures, but after a second or even third look you notice signs of life among the architectural details such as the laundry hanging out to dry in Harry Callahan’s “Providence” images. There are stories behind the walls of these structures. Duane Michals’s series of 30 images entitled “The House I Once Called Home” makes that clear. He took these photographs of his childhood home in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 2002 at age 70. By adding his usual handwritten text, it becomes a family album, revealing what it was like growing up in this house (his parents’ unhappy marriage, Michals’ lack of amenities, physical and spiritual.) Michals writes, “My heart remains a recluse in this dead house....”

Providence by Harry Callahan. Source:
Harry Callahan, "Providence" c. 1963

The five Christenberry color images on display invite a closer look. “Building with False Brick Siding” has an irony all its own—a one story structure on a country road that aspires to be something else, somewhere else.

“Taylor’s Place, near Greensboro, Alabama” also seems to be hiding its true nature—a tree’s branches almost cover one side of the structure, with Coca-Cola and Pepsi signs as the remaining traces of what was probably the local general store.

The four “Night Walk” images by Henry Wessel are certainly the most mysterious and most intriguing work in the show. Three of them have a light shining from either a window or doorway. In the other, a large bush covers part of the house like a giant insect, appearing to devour it, while a shadow adds a sense of dread.

Nicholas Nixon offers something completely different—four images of large buildings and the surrounding streets in downtown Boston.

There’s more to see—the abandoned Bedouin shacks by Michal Rovner, the homes in Vermont and Maryland by Richard Benson, and the picture-perfect, almost too perfect view of suburbia by Paul Graham. Take your time and enjoy.

Summer Exhibition: Real Estate

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Thursday, June 28 to
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Hours: Tue-Fri, 9:30 to 5:30; Sat 10 to 6