Andreas Gursky: Landscapes August 2 - October 18 2015
The textbook definition of “landscape” is a depiction of an expanse of scenery, generally seen from a single viewpoint, which, like fiction, not only displays, but also conveys a narrative of nature as filtered through one person’s perspective.
But “landscape” can also be understood as an action; enhancing the land to make it look better, as a way to define a situation (the economic landscape); or even as a psychological state of being (an emotional landscape defined by intellectual or imaginative characteristics). Each of these definitions coexists in German visual artist Andreas Gursky, renowned for his monumentally scaled photographs—grand urban and natural landscape vistas and large format architecture—created from a dispassionate, omniscient point of view. Highly detailed, Gursky's images are at once dead-pan observational and transcendent. He rigorously composes his expansive views to envelope viewers with dizzying scale, detail, and color—effects he often heightens through digital manipulation of the image. Gursky has been instrumental in defining contemporary German art in the 1990s. The exhibition focuses on some of his most enigmatic images of landscape, water, and architectural detail.