NEW YORK.- The Hudson River Museum presents Contemporary Photography and the Garden - Deceits and Fantasies, on view through May 13, 2007. Occupying a restive position between wilderness and civilization, gardens are a locus of mans attempt to tame nature. Since the mid-1980s many photographers have created bodies of work that examine the diverse forms and rich metaphorical associations of gardens. Contemporary Photography and the Garden brings together the work of sixteen American and European artists. Ranging from depictions of gardens as tranquil havens to places of tension where exquisite beauty seems to coexist uneasily with inexorable forces of nature, these photographs present the artists varied responses to the physical structure, atmosphere, and symbolism of the garden. Sixty-seven works depicting gardens in Japan, Indonesia, India, France, Great Britain, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States evidence an astonishing diversity of design and scale. Photographs by Sally Apfelbaum, Linda Hackett, Sally Gall, Geoffrey James, Len Jenshel, Erica Lennard, and Jack Pierson comprise one group of works exploring the lyrical beauty and luxuriant atmosphere garden. Another group of artists, including Lynn Geesaman, Jean Rault, Gregory Crewdson, and Marc Quinn, play against the notion of a garden as an idyllic site for the pursuit of pleasure. Daniel Boudinet and Fischli and Weiss emphasize the garden as a work of art in its own right.
This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts, and is made possible, in part, by a grant from the A.R. Brooks Trust. Additional support is provided by the Founders Circle of the AFA.