Inspired by the Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography is the current exhibition at Phyllis Weston Gallery, guest curated by Cynthia Goodman. The entire first floor of the gallery is given over to an impressive roster of internationally famed photographers, including Tina Barney, Lee Friedlander, William Wegman and many others. These photographs record images of human existence playing out against large-scale, elemental events like hurricanes, forest fires and our own inevitable mortality.
Robert Polidori’s giant print of a devastated living room in the aftermath of Katrina initially flickers with the grandeur of a Baroque history painting before wilting into a reality in which hurricane survivors were left with next to nothing. Fred Cray has two enigmatic collaged images that outshine many of the other big names that he joins in the exhibition. Cray’s “Untitled (You Could Have Done More)” embeds a gowned figure into a lush flower garden like a dream sequence.
Exhibition continues through Dec. 11.
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