The Act of Seeing

struth_installation

The Act of Seeing
Gallery 240 from April to July 2010
Thomas Struth
German, born 1954

Struth_Hermitage

Thomas Struth
Hermitage 1, St. Petersburg, 2005
Chromogenic print, edition six of ten
Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

In Hermitage 1, a small gaggle of museum visitors peers at an object just to the left of the camera. Photographer Thomas Struth works with bulky equipment, which makes him conspicuous, but the fact that none of these people is looking at him is a testament both to his patience and to the power of the art. Most of these viewers are taking in the unidentified objects not only visually, but also through audio devices. While their primary connection is with the art, the trio of viewers on the right (the blond ponytail indicates a third listener) gently interacts by sharing the hearing piece.

Artist Web site: http://ow.ly/1gg7G

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