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Thomas Struth’s “Museum Photographs”
"I wanted to remind my audience that when art works were made, they were not yet icons or museum pieces." "When a work of art becomes fetishized," the affable, articulate artist points out, "it dies." Struth feels the paintings in his museum photographs regain aspects of their original vitality when seen anew in the context he renders so seamlessly.
In more than two dozen photographs Struth expressed his “interest in the fate of art in museums.” Are picture galleries, he asks, “like cemeteries or a living organism where people can nourish themselves about aspects of human existence?” While he didn’t become a conceptual artist like many of his contemporaries — he just wasn’t all that interested in theory per se — he treats themes that appeal to his intellect.
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