Shifting Terrain in Hartford

If you like landscape photography — especially the contemporary mode that redefines landscape away from grand scenic vistas, the sublime, and the picturesque and towards a more inclusive depiction of the human-altered environment that finds visual interest in mundane or constructed details — then get yourself over to the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut to see Shifting Terrain: Contemporary Landscape Photography. For once, a decent landscape exhibition.

Shifting Terrain is on display until November 5, 2006, and includes work from these artists:

  • Sally Mann
  • David Maisel
  • Edward Burtynsky
  • Justine Kurland
  • Rosemary Liang
  • Susan Derges
  • Tom Bamberger
  • Ellen Carey
  • Andy Goldsworthy
  • Patrick Nagatani
  • Simon Norfolk
  • John Pfahl
  • Bien-U Bae
  • Olafur Eliasson
  • Rena Bas Forman
  • Elger Esser

(I so wish museums would publish catalogues of photography exhibits. It would be easy: fewer than fifty pages of color plates, a forward by the curator, and a transcript of wall text. Easy.)

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