Tourists, Travelers, Vagabonds

Summer and travel. For those of us fortunate enough to be able to afford to get out of the Cities, to the cabin or "up north," summer and travel make an unbeatable combination. Of course, camera phones and digital cameras come along for the ride. Looking at the Museum of Russian Art‘s current show of […]

A Writer, a Photographer, a Life, a Town, a World

"Where is Brad Zellar?" you might ask, as his hiatus from The Rake has created quite a void. Happily, he’s been busy promoting his new book, Suburban World: The Norling Photos, from Borealis Books. Zellar discovered Irwin Norling in 2002, when he unearthed Norling’s neglected negatives from the Bloomington Historical Society archives. Struck by the […]

Suburban World: The Norling Photos

"Where is Brad Zellar?" you might ask, as his hiatus from The Rake has created quite a void. Happily, he’s been busy promoting his new book, Suburban World: The Norling Photos, from Borealis Books. Zellar discovered Irwin Norling in 2002, when he unearthed Norling’s neglected negatives from the Bloomington Historical Society archives. Struck by the […]

Alec Soth: Dog Days, Bogotá

One of these photos—a scruffy dog isolated in the center of theframe—appeared in passing on a web page and immediately snagged my eye.There was no attribution provided but I thought, that’s got to be Soth.And it was. Why was this goofy, tragic dog as good as a signature? Fora young guy, Soth seems to have […]

Home and Away

Top photo: Fifi Chachnil; bottom photo: Cristina. It was one thing for Alec Soth, at a relatively early point in his career, to be admitted to the Magnum Photos cooperative. Then the legendary agency followed with another invitation, asking the St. Paul-based photographer to produce its third annual fashion magazine. Soth, whose energy seems as […]

"The Minnesota Moment"

On a blustery Saturday night in January, one of the year’s most anticipated gallery shows opened in New York City. As winds off the Hudson River barreled eastward down the charmless streets of Chelsea, the haute monde of Manhattan and the wider world streamed in from the west, down to Gagosian, at the very end […]

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New Photography: McKnight Fellows 2004/2005

These annual exhibitions showcase new work from the recipients of one of the state’s most coveted grants–and keep us up to date on the doings of some of the best local photographers. Last year’s celebrated quartet was made up of Beth Dow, who made rich platinum prints of various types of manicured landscapes (pictured), and […]

Alec Soth and Andrei Codrescu

These kinds of “dialogues” can be iffy—what if the subjects simply don’t click, or, worse, kind of irritate each other?—but this looks to be an inspired pairing. Everyone wants to know what Minneapolis-based photographer Alec Soth is up to these days, since last year’s Whitney Biennial made him an art star the likes of which […]

Alec Soth

We’re eager to see the newest work from this Minneapolis photographer since his Sleeping by the Mississippi portraits sent his career into orbit. Soth’s vividness, like the doubletake we do to see our surroundings more clearly, often makes his human subjects appear to have been captured in the "happy place" of their imaginations. A boy […]

A Higher Power

In America today, Jesus is pop culture’s King of Kings, a force in politics, film, music, and books. In the world of contemporary art, though, his presence is less established. While modern curators always seems to make room for dung-smeared Madonnas and crucifixes in urine, where are the works of genuine, unironic reverence? Not in […]