When I first saw Dave Anderson's black-and-white photographs of Vidor, TX (on view at Houston's Watermark Gallery through March 21), I thought they looked like decent images but certainly nothing groundbreaking or even particularly noteworthy. Haven't countless others (Jacob A. Riis, Walker Evans, Dorothy Lange, Russell Lee, Richard Avedon and Larry Clark, for starters) tread this territory before? So it was a surprise to see them featured in a full-page spread in today's New York Times, with the title "Town Shows Its Face, if Not Its Reputation." I can't help but wonder why the NYT would choose this exhibit to feature so prominently in its Sunday section. Of all the shows west of the Hudson, this is the most compelling one they can find?
also by Rainey Knudson
- The Internet Publisher’s Lament - November 6th, 2017
- Art Dirt 11: David McGee - October 29th, 2017
- Jeffrey Dell at Art Palace - October 15th, 2017
- The Devil’s Own Day in Houston: Letter from the Publisher - August 29th, 2017
- You Should Go To Mexico City - August 6th, 2017