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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Gossage's vision

By Blake Gopnik

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at

(Courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum)

A photo from the portfolio called "The Pond," published by John Gossage in 1985. "The Pond" includes some of the most subtle, complex compositions ever achieved with a camera. It builds an entirely new concept of what looking might look like in art. In this image, the tangle of branches gives way, in its very middle, to the corner of a building, which also reads as a tiny gray-and-white abstraction: Nature, construction and art, in one package.

The entire portfolio has been acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and is now on display there -- although the best place to see it is actually in Gossage's original book version, which has just been republished.

By Blake Gopnik  | October 26, 2010; 9:07 AM ET
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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