Art In America

Olivo Barbieri

at Yancey Richardson,
535 W 22 St

The Italian photographer says that these images of the Alps are "real"—the result of hard trekking and risky helicopter flights—even though the prints look blatantly manipulated, with looming geological formations digitally stylized and tiny cut-and-pasted figures sprinkled on for maximum "oh, the fragility of humankind" effect. But that discrepancy is probably the point, making the seven large-scale pictures, glowing with blue skies and white snow, inducements for philosophical musings of the Magrittean Treachery of Images variety. When is a pipe not a pipe or a mountain not a mountain? When it's a picture of pipe or a mountain, the principal form in which it exists in the mind. But are ideas not as "real" as mountain passes or boulders?

 

 

More from the Lookout

Nancy Rubins

at Gagosian,
through Sept. 13
522 W. 21st St.

“Here and Elsewhere”

at New Museum,
through Sept. 28
235 Bowery

Closing

Mel Bochner

at Jewish Museum,
through Sept. 7
1109 Fifth Ave.

Danh Vo

at Public Art Fund,
through Dec. 5
Brooklyn Bridge Park and City Hall Park

“Oil and Water: Reinterpreting Ink”

at Museum of Chinese in America,
through Sept. 14
215 Centre St.

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