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Stanley Greenberg: Architecture under Construction

May 1, 2010–September 6, 2010
Gallery 286

While avant-garde architecture has frequently inspired today’s art photographers and video artists, Stanley Greenberg is the first to focus a documentary-style lens on the subject. Greenberg's luminous large-scale black-and-white photographs explore avant-garde structures in the process of being built. Using highly cropped views, Greenberg captures moments in the assembly of architecture that are rarely evident in the final building, revealing the complexity of contemporary construction and the residual visual unfolding of spaces resulting from these feats of structural gymnastics. Through framings reminiscent of Lewis W. Hine’s heroic construction images of the 1930s, Greenberg’s compelling photographs are a celebration of the technologies and disciplines that have made these awe-inspiring buildings a reality.

On display in the Modern Wing’s Kurokawa Gallery, 13 stunning photographs present a window into hidden moments of the architectural process and the sublime structural beauty that lies under the skin of contemporary architecture.

Stanley Greenberg. Untitled, Toronto, Ontario, 2005.