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Sunday, October 20, 2013

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This is the announcement from the web site of the Albuquerque Museum for Robert Christensen's exhibit which will be there until mid-March.

Vernacular Architecture of New Mexico: Photographs by Robert Christensen
Sept. 21, 2013 – March 16, 2014

In 52 stunning black and white photographs, Belen-based photographer Robert Christensen has documented in a spare compositional format, spontaneously designed buildings such as gas stations, garages, barns, bars, sheds, and shops.

The artist states, "While quite a few of these buildings still stand, as a genus they are fading away, along with the individualism and self-reliance that produced them. Some have been replaced by mundane new construction, some have been chicly remodeled at the expense of their original allure, and some have just vanished."

This installation includes recent prints of images created from 1974 through 2013 which were donated by the artist to the Albuquerque Museum.
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I'm a long-time follower of Robert Christensen's work on Flickr.  Many of the photos in the Museum show can be seen in his Flickr stream.  Some of the pictures will also be featured in an article in the November issue of New Mexico Magazine.  The show is worth a visit to see the actual prints, which are of very high quality.

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