Art In America

Karen Knorr

at Danziger Gallery,
527 W. 23rd St.

The old debate about nature and nurture, civilization and its discontents, is given a new twist in these digitally constructed photographs of wild animals and birds strutting, stalking, lolling, walking and stretching in the ornate interiors of European museums. The German-born, British-based Karen Knorr has long explored—beautifully, quietly—the savagery at the heart of every human institution and, indeed, every human. Ironically, her wild beasts come off as fundamentally milder than the unseen princes and moguls who erected their gilded environs.

 

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