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
- You Should Go To Mexico City - August 6th, 2017
- Please Stop Painting The Electrical Boxes (A Public Art Proposal) - July 30th, 2017
- This and That: Chris Burden, David Blaine + Youtube - July 1st, 2017
- As Moths to the Light: Pipilotti Rist at the MFAH - June 18th, 2017
- This and That: Andy Warhol / Tiger Woods - June 5th, 2017