Friday, November 25, 2011
The Solemnity of Shadows: Juan Laurent's Vision of Spain
When: through December 30, 2011
Yet another exhibit at the Gallery's library - one of my favorite places to see a show. So quiet and peaceful - I only wish my library were like that! This show features 19th century Spanish photography, a topic of which I was heretofore ignorant.
Juan Laurent was a very famous photographer, and took many pictures of public works. He also photographed many art museum collections, which is an interesting thought. It would be a way to keep track of what you owned, in case of fire or theft. Eventually, he became a businessman and sold photographic cartes de visites. His black and white prints are now brown with age, and I'm glad I was able to see them before they can no longer be put on display. Some of his prints show buildings with an Islamic art influence; I was reminded of the Islamic influence on Spanish culture (who says a college education is a waste!?!).
Verdict: I always recommend shows at the Gallery's library, if for no other reason than I like to think that whoever went to the trouble of putting it up would be made happy by seeing people look at their display. It's also a wonderful way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Gallery, which is well worth the trip.