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Graciela Iturbide
at Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Recommendation by Jody Zellen

Continuing through September 18, 2010

Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide has been making exquisite black and white images since the 1970\'s. In the exhibition which accompanies her book \"Asor\" Iturbide presents images culled from her personal archives, many of which have not been exhibited before. Her square formatted images are sequenced to not only celebrate the works\' formal qualities, but also the narrative in and across many pieces. Iturbide\'s subjects include people as well as the built and natural landscape. Her keen eye isolates forms and gestures that have a dream-like quality as well as political and social commentary.

The book, printed on uncoated paper, frames each image in black. Such a solid border grounds them in a tradition of street photography rather than high art. (The book is accompanied by a CD with musical compositions by the artist\'s son.) While the gallery experience is silent, the book is meant to be looked at and listened to simultaneously, reinforcing the overall dream state Iturbide wishes her viewers to journey to.

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