Oct 16 - Jan 08
Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics Eminent German artist Thomas Struth is renowned for his dedication to large-format photography and the impact of his tightly structured, intellectual, and psychologically-charged work. This show is comprised of recent work, focusing primarily on photographs that Struth has made since his last major retrospective, which covered the years 1978-2010. The new body of work, which Struth conceptualizes under the rubric “Nature and Politics,” is diverse, but takes technology and the constructed landscape as overarching subjects. Struth's photographs record the structural complexities of remote techno-industrial and scientific research spaces, including physics institutes, pharmaceutical plants, space stations, dockyards, nuclear facilities and other edifices of technological production where the heights of human knowledge are enacted, debated and advanced. His photographs explore the aesthetics of innovation and experimentation, as well as the layers of politics, of past and present, of authentic and fabricated, that can be found in the human-crafted environment. The work is global in nature, drawn from his travels in Europe, America, the Middle East, and Asia.