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Vera Lutter

Fragments of Time Past

March 27–April 25, 2020
Beverly Hills

Vera Lutter, Maria Laach XII: October 23–25, 2010, 2010 Gelatin silver print, 97 × 112 inches (246.4 × 284.5 cm), unique© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Maria Laach XII: October 23–25, 2010, 2010

Gelatin silver print, 97 × 112 inches (246.4 × 284.5 cm), unique
© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, San Marco, Venice XVIII: November 29–30, 2005, 2005 Gelatin silver print, 93 ½ × 112 inches (237.5 × 284.5 cm), unique© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, San Marco, Venice XVIII: November 29–30, 2005, 2005

Gelatin silver print, 93 ½ × 112 inches (237.5 × 284.5 cm), unique
© Vera Lutter

About

Nothing is solid in memory. Our minds only hold on to traces, outlines—and that is what my photographs portray.
—Vera Lutter

Gagosian is pleased to present Fragments of Time Past, an exhibition of photographs by Vera Lutter. This exhibition coincides with Museum in the Camera, Lutter’s solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which opens on March 29.

Since the 1990s, Lutter has used a camera obscura to produce large black-and-white photographs of buildings, landscapes, and urban and industrial sites. Reveling in the directness of this foundational technique, she produces unique prints, interpreting familiar panoramas as spectral images that prompt reflection on the inexorable passage of time. In Fragments of Time Past, Lutter presents six photographs of three different ancient and historical sites, imparting new and uncanny visual life to these iconic landmarks and relics.

Between 2005 and 2008, Lutter made several trips to Venice to photograph the city’s distinctive canals and buildings during the yearly acqua alta flood season. In San Marco, Venice XVIII: November 2930, 2005 (2005), the geometric pavement of the titular square is immersed in shallow water smoothed to glossy stillness by the photograph’s extended exposure time. Lutter’s images create the illusion of solid ground dropping away, subsumed by the placid surface of the swollen Venetian waterways—visually suspending the city’s centuries-old facades above their own hazy reflections.

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