Digital Age

What's on in New York: Tackling the digital age

Shows include the first retrospective of images by Hiro at Pace/MacGill and Todd Eberle's computer portraits

o As we are in the computer age, it is fitting that Todd Eberle, best known for his photographs of architecture, has photographed the Computer History Museum at NASA’s Ames Base near Palo Alto. For an exhibition at Robert Miller Gallery, he produced some twenty large-scale photos, which are abstractions of the earliest computers, rather than portraits of machines. In doing this, he relied on two computers—one to scan the negatives and clean out superfluous detail and heighten colour. With the other, his digital file was printed via the latest light-jet printer, using laser beams to expose the colour paper. Prices begin at $6,500 and go to $12,000.

o Lennon, Weinberg, Inc. is offering an opportunity to see photographs by artists whom we rarely think of as photographers. Photographs by sculptor John Chamberlain and painters David Salle and Juan Usle are exhibited alongside works by such noted photographers as Sally Mann and Richard Billingham. Prices are from $500 to $25,000.

o Carl Chiarenza, an art historian who was once Boston University’s director of graduate studies, photographs complex collages and montages of fabric, paper and cardboard and this layering of materials produces dense and crumpled forms. This month, Alan Klotz/Photocollect presents works from the artist’s forty-five year career. Professor Chiarenza’s work can be found at the Harvard Fogg Museum, George Eastman House and the International Center of Photography. “His printing process produces exquisite results,” says Janet Simon, the gallery’s director.

o Hiro, the fashion photographer whose work was celebrated in the 1960s and 1970s, is the subject of a major show at Pace/MacGill Gallery. Featured are some of his most astonishing images which speak of the breadth, if not the depth, of his work: a dazzling diamond necklace against a bovine cloven hoof; Mick Jagger and the rest of the Rolling Stones; the memorable Apollo II spaceship launch, and tender infants. His work may seem dated to some, but there is no denying the fame of some of these works for a certain generation. This is a first time retrospective for the photographer.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 99 January 2000