America in the rearview mirror

There’s just one Nan Goldin. It makes you wonder why it is even hanging there. My point? Visiting American documents at Antwerp’s FotoMuseum does make you think about the underlying logic of this exhibition. Why are some of those gifted American photographers, ‘documenting America’, overrepresented, and others underrepresented? But apart from that, it’s an exhibition worth visiting. American documents is showing some older photographs by Walker Evans (Labor anonymous) and Robert Frank (The Americans), but it focuses on American photography from the seventies onwards. Two recent series are on display as well, by Larry Sultan (Homeland) and Mitch Epstein (American power). My personal favorites? Those slightly humorous photographs by Lee Friedlander: his series The little screens from the late sixties and his more recent series America by car. With objects in the rearview mirror, of course. (through September 5)


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