December 14, 2004 – January 15, 2005
“He was not unlike a traveler walking into a landscape which may prove mirage.”
Texas Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Lee Friedlander – 40 black and white photographs taken in west Texas between 1997 and 2004. Friedlander has been working periodically in Texas since the early 1970’s, focusing on urban settings, the big thicket and desert landscapes. This new group of photographs has two themes: buildings and streets in towns of far west Texas, such as Alpine and Marfa, which focus on Christmas decorations, and from which derives the title of the show; and classic images of landscape: the highland deserts and mountains of Big Bend and the Davis Mountains. Friedlander’s photos are distinguished by a compositional technique of formal organization and complex pattern. Using a square format camera with a flash, the artist achieves clarity with a great depth of field. Friedlander’s photos bring to mind the beautiful intelligence of the works of Walker Evans and Eugene Atget.
Friedlander lives in upstate New York, is a McArthur Fellow and he will have a retrospective of his work at the Museum of Modern Art, NY in June 2005. His most recent publications include “Sticks and Stones, Architectural America” (2004), “Family” (2004), and “Stems” (2003).
For further information, please contact Nancy Douthey.