THE NEW YORKER
PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER DANTE
Monakhov, whose photographs appear regularly in this magazine, shows a group of modestly scaled black-and-white pictures made last year in Italy. Dante’s Devine Comedy provided a conceptual framework for the project, but the conceit is far less apparent than Monakhov’s desire to cover a lot of geographical and psychological ground. The result is a refreshingly idiosyncratic, unfamiliar view of Italy, where even visual cliches (the Pantheon, an olive tree, shirtless ragazzi) are given specificity and weight. The variety of subjects-from two men and a variety of approaches to portraiture and the landscape, some intimate,some reportorial, all engaging. Through March 6.
Review by Vince Aletti, February 1, 2010