Curated by the extensively acclaimed filmmaker Joel Coen, a brand new exhibition at Luhring Augustine showcases roughly 45 of Lee Friedlander’s images that span the vary of his 60+ yr profession, bringing into the equation many lesser-known photographs. Reasonably than specializing in a single topic or interval, Coen’s choice concentrates on Friedlander’s singular method to composition and evidences an surprising affinity between the 2 artists, each of whose work explores the sly energy of photographs.
Friedlander, Coen, and McDormand, lengthy admirers of one another’s work, met within the spring of 2022 at Friedlander’s dwelling in Upstate New York. Throughout the day-long go to the artists studied lots of of images, which in the end led to the choice represented within the exhibition and the accompanying publication. This group of photographs is targeted on compositions which can be dense and off-kilter, usually bisected by cease indicators and utility poles, automotive doorways and windshields, timber and shadows.
“As a filmmaker, I preferred the concept of making a sequence that will spotlight Lee’s uncommon method to framing—his splitting, splintering, repeating, fracturing, and reassembling parts into new and not possible compositions.” – Joel Coen