Art In America

Sarah Charlesworth

at New Museum,
235 Bowery

 

Each work on display in "Doubleworld," the first major Sarah Charlesworth (1947-2013) retrospective since the 1990s, is an elegant subterfuge of photography. Often, the visual narratives need no text to be understood. To create the haunting "Stills" series (1980), for example, Charlesworth re-photographed newspaper shots of plummeting figures in midair. Similarly, the lushly saturated series "Objects of Desire" (1983-88) isolates and reduces images from ancient art history to contemporary newsstand magazines to create minimalist, collage-like photographs. The underlying idea behind all of these works is that pictures have the power to speak for themselves. And in freeing these images from their original contexts, Charlesworth challenges the viewer to explore the alternative implications they conjure.

 

Pictured: Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld, 1995, cibachrome print with mahogany frame, 51 by 41 inches. Courtesy Estate of Sarah Charlesworth and Maccarone Gallery, New York. 

 

More from the Lookout

“Fritto Misto”

at Clearing,
through Aug. 14
396 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn

“Goulding the Lolly”

at Gavin Brown's Enterprise,
through Jul. 30
291 Grand Street, 3rd Floor

“Landmark”

at Socrates Sculpture Park,
through Aug. 28
32-01 Vernon Boulevard, LIC

The Keeper

at the New Museum,
through Sept. 25
235 Bowery

Closing

Kim Levin

at Ronald Feldman,
through Jul. 29
31 Mercer Street

Nancy Shaver

at Derek Eller,
through Aug. 19
300 Broome Street

Closing

Xaviera Simmons

at The Kitchen,
through Jul. 29
512 West 19th Street

Bruce Conner

at the Museum of Modern Art,
through Oct. 2
11 West 53rd Street

Closing

Anna Sew Hoy

at Koenig & Clinton,
through Jul. 29
459 West 19th Street

Closing

“Objecty”

at Tibor de Nagy,
through Jul. 29
724 Fifth Avenue

“Blackness in Abstraction”

at Pace Gallery,
through Aug. 19
510 W 25th Street

Closing

Tom Sachs

at Noguchi Museum,
through Jul. 24
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City

Closing

Raul de Nieves

at Company,
through Jul. 24
88 Eldridge Street, 5th Floor

S.J. “Kitty” Moodley

at Walther Collection Project Space,
through Sept. 3
526 West 26th Street

Closing

Sadie Benning

at Callicoon Fine Arts and Mary Boone Gallery,
through Jul. 29
49 Delancey Street and 745 Fifth Avenue

Arlene Shechet

at Frick Collection,
through May 28
1 East 70th Street

Closing

Stephen Westfall

at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.,
through Jul. 29
514 West 25th Street

“The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman”

at the New-York Historical Society,
through Aug. 21
170 Central Park West

Closing

Philip Guston

at Hauser & Wirth,
through Jul. 29
511 West 18th Street

Cao Fei

at MoMA PS1,
through Aug. 31
22-25 Jackson Ave

Robert Ryman

at Dia:Chelsea,
through Jul. 31
535 West 22nd Street

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.