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“David Maisel: The Expanded Field at Edwynn Houk” Review in Daily Collector

November 2, 2021. "Maisel’s photographs from above flatten the landscape into expressive abstract washes of blue that drift and fall with gestural grace….(T)he views feel altogether painterly, like active brushstrokes have been pulled across the land. In many ways, they are among the most eloquently textural pictures of industrial mines that Maisel has ever made."
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“David Maisel: The Expanded Field” at Edwynn Houk Gallery

14 October – 20 November 2021. Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to announce David Maisel’s inaugural exhibition, "The Expanded Field". Over the course of the past three decades, Maisel has concentrated his artist practice on creating large scale aerial photographs depicting sites of environmental transformation throughout the American West, including open pit mining, water reclamation, urban sprawl, and zones of desertification. His most recent series, "Desolation Desert", has taken him to the copper and lithium mines of Chile’s Atacama Desert.
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“Apocalyptic / Sublime” at Haines Gallery

March, 2021. Haines Gallery Proudly presents "Apocalyptic / Sublime", an exhibition of works by David Maisel. In his carefully constructed, reality-based photographs, David Maisel stages careful investigations that use unexpected perspectives to make the invisible visible — in landscapes transformed by industrialization or urbanization, or in our artifacts and memories of the past.
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“The open-air lab testing the world’s deadliest poisons” Interview with BBC

Dugway Proving Ground is one of the most secretive of American military zones, hidden away in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert. From its inception during World War II to the present day, Dugway’s primary mission has been to develop and test chemical and biological weaponry and defense programs. In Proving Ground, Photographer David Maisel was granted rare access to photograph the terrain, testing facilities, and other aspects of this deliberately obscured region.
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“Proving Ground” in Wired UK Magazine

September 29, 2020. The Dugway Proving Ground is a vast sprawl of 3,243 square kilometres in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert, south-west of Salt Lake City; The area has been a military testing ground for chemical and biological weapons since 1942.
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“Desolation Desert” at Haines Gallery

Haines Gallery proudly presents "Desolation Desert", an exhibition of recent photographs by David Maisel that focuses on Chile’s vast Atacama Desert. "Desolation Desert" was created with the support of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and is Maisel’s eighth solo exhibition at Haines Gallery.
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“Proving Ground” Review in Bookforum

April 1, 2020. “...The landscape is shown as if it were a target; its natural contours have been subsumed by the geographic efficiency of grid lines bulldozed across the desert to help measure the dispersal of toxins and biological agents. The photos’ grainy texture is almost palpable, but their subject remains at a distant remove. As such, they feel utterly disconnected from an actual human locale, a reaction that again evokes the mindset of someone planning an attack..."
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Proving Ground

Photographs and essay by David Maisel. Essays by William L. Fox, Tyler Green, Geoff Manaugh, Katie Lee-Koven. Book design by David Chickey and Montana Currie. Edited by Alan Rapp. 250 pp.; 145 images; 11.5" x 11.5” hardcover. Co-published by Radius Books and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Publication date: January 2020.
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Proving Ground Book Publication

“The majestic beauty of barren landscapes and weapons of mass destruction, revealed in the hands of a master photographer.” —Richard Danzig, 71st Secretary of the Navy
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“Proving Ground” at Nevada Art Museum

October 19, 2019 – January 12, 2020. Photographer David Maisel’s archive of the Proving Ground project lends rare insight into his encounter with one of the most secretive of American military zones. The archive reveals the depth of his photographic and time-based media investigation of Dugway Proving Ground, a classified site covering nearly 800,000 acres in a remote region of Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert.
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Wired UK

October 27, 2019. For his latest project, Desolation Desert, the San Francisco-based visual artist spent two weeks in and around South America's Atacama desert, where humankind’s insatiable demand for copper, lithium and rare-earth metals to fuel the consumer electronics and electric vehicle industries is reshaping the landscape of a fragile ecosystem.
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Edwynn Houk Gallery announces representation of David Maisel

We are pleased to announce representation of David Maisel (American, b. 1961). Renowned for his stunning aerial photographs, Maisel’s work explores the politics and aesthetics of radically human-altered environments, and how we perceive our place in time via investigations of cultural artifacts from both past and present.
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“A Cure for Everything” at Haines Gallery

January 5 – March 2, 2019. Haines Gallery is pleased to present A Cure for Everything, a group exhibition bringing together works by nine artists working in photography, print, and video. Employing alternative or experimental techniques, each of the artists in the show push the boundaries and possibilities of how we picture the landscape.
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Guggenheim Fellowship 2018

David Maisel has been named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2018. On April 4, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fourth competition.
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Broadway Billboard at Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park is pleased to announce a new Broadway Billboard by David Maisel, on view October 6, 2018 to May 1, 2019. Maisel’s Billboard, The Lake Project 62 (detail), is cropped from a photograph within a series of aerial images of a California lake that traces the changes of human intervention on the site.
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“New Territory: Landscape Photography Today” at the Denver Art Museum

June 24 – September 26, 2018. New Territory: Landscape Photography Today is a survey of contemporary landscape photography from around the world. The exhibition of more than 80 photographs will gauge how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time.
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Mount St Helens: Afterlife

In the most recent publication in the LiberArs series, Mount St. Helens: Afterlife, David Maisel invites us to explore the ruins that remain after an act of savage and inescapable destruction: the eruption of a volcano. The book is a reflection on nature’s capacity for regeneration through violence and destruction. As Marcia Bjornerund says in the essay that accompanies Maisel’s photographs, ‘Its story is no longer merely about death and devastation but also, paradoxically, survival and resilience’.
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SF Weekly

KYDOIMOS: The Din of Battle, a hypnotic and beautifully surreal 30-minute film, synchronizes aerial photographs of a U.S. military testing ground in Utah in "Proving Ground". Composer Chris Kallmyer created the music that accompanies David Maisel’s tsunami of curated images — all 50,000 of them, racing across the screen like microbiology slides or spotlight grids where military personnel detonate biological and chemical agents on the earth below.
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On the Cover of Chronogram

The Fall (Borox 2) is less a study of environmental demise than it is an exercise in pure abstraction. The aerial photo is of a region in Spain where the soil, laden with the mineral borax, takes on a metallic color palette aura.
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“Proving Ground” at Haines Gallery

January 4 – February 24, 2018. Haines Gallery is pleased to present Proving Ground, a solo exhibition of new work by photographer David Maisel (b. 1961, New York, NY; lives and works in San Francisco, CA). Best known for his striking aerial photographs that chronicle environments impacted by human intervention, here Maisel debuts a new body of work, fifteen years in the making, investigating the landscape and architecture of Dugway Proving Ground, a classified military site in a remote region of Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert.
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“Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment” at Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT

September 15 – December 10, 2017. The works on view in Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment come primarily from the Museum’s rich holdings of historic and contemporary photography. Among the wide range of artists represented are historic figures Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and Alfred Stieglitz, as well as many contemporaries. Among these Richard Misrach, David Maisel, and James Balog are well known for their concerned image-making.
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Interview with Mark Alice Durant on “Saint Lucy”

“David Maisel is often described as a landscape photographer, although that term hardly begins to describe the breadth and ambition of his project. He is a prolific aerial photographer who has hovered and buzzed over some of the most contentious territories in the American West and in doing so has been instrumental in redefining the terms of landscape imagery.
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National Gallery Interview

David Maisel was interviewed on August 24, 2015, in conjunction with the exhibition "The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund" (May 3-September 13, 2015). The exhibition featured photographs from Maisel's series "History's Shadow," a project he began while a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute.
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The Guardian

The Guardian. “Death From Above: How David Maisel turned ‘the new Area 51’ into land art.” “While militarized landscapes may not have shifted in their general character – the Nevada Test Site, where nuclear devices have been tested since 1950, now hold monthly tours for morbid adventurers – there is a clear and present sense that global warming applies geopolitically as well as ecologically. Photographer David Maisel’s current and eerily timely body of work, titled Proving Ground, depicts, from the air, parts of an 800,000-acre chemical weapons testing facility in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert.
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Black Maps Book Signing at LA Art Book Fair

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5:00 PM, LA Art Book Fair, Booth D06, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA. As part of Printed Matter Inc's LA Art Book Fair, photographer and artist David Maisel will be signing copies of his 2013 monograph Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime. Presented by ARTBOOK and Steidl.
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Museum as Muse in American Art: A Symposium

Friday December 2, 2016, 12:30 PM, Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium. Explore the nuanced and often fraught relationships between artists and museums within the history of American art at this half-day symposium featuring lectures by leading contemporary scholars and visual artists. Speakers include scholars David Dearinger, Andrew McClellan and artists David Maisel, Rosamond Purcell and Elaine Reichek.
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David Maisel: Ruscha, the American West, and Me

Friday, September 9, 2016, 6:00 PM, Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. THE THING Quarterly organizes an evening of speakers responding to themes and motifs in the exhibition, Ed Ruscha and the Great American West. Featuring artist David Maisel; Jeff Gunderson, Librarian and Archivist at the Anne Bremer Memorial Library of the San Francisco Art Institute; and Julie Caine, managing producer for Crosscurrents, KALW’s award-winning news-magazine.
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David Maisel in conversation with curator William A. Ewing at “Photo London”

Saturday, May 21, 2:30-3:30pm. The American photographer and visual artist David Maisel, whose works explores remnants of civilizations both past and present, will speak with the curator of the Photo London Talks Programme, William A. Ewing. Maisel is rightly celebrated for a number of superb books on landscape, of which the New Yorker wrote enthusiastically of his “geometric geographies." Maisel’s most recent book is "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime."
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“California: The Art of Water” at The Cantor Art Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

July 13, 2016 – November 28, 2016. This exhibition is devoted to artistic portrayals of California’s most precious—and currently scarce—resource. It presents more than 70 works by eminent artists including Ansel Adams, Albert Bierstadt, David Hockney, David Maisel, Richard Misrach, and Carleton Watkins, and features images from a variety of regions around the state, during the Gold Rush to the present.
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“ARENA,” Noorderlicht Photofestival 2016 at Museum Belvédère, Oranjewoud, The Netherlands

May 22 – July 3, 2016. We live in a time when our global culture has subordinated nature. It has become almost impossible to experience unspoilt land, no matter how far we direct our gaze. What remains once humanity and its thirst for action have left the stage, in search of ever greener pastures? With the first part of the project series titled ARENA, Noorderlicht casts a forensic look at the traces left behind in the landscape.
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“Reset Modernity” at ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

April 16, 2016 – August 21, 2016. Exhibition curated by Bruno Latour, Martin Guinard-Terrin, Donato Ricci, Christophe Leclercq. Featuring works by: Tacita Dean, Albrecht Dürer, Charles & Ray Eames, Pierre Huyghe, David Maisel, John Martin, Sophie Ristelhueber, Simon Starling, Thomas Struth, Sarah Sze, Thomas Thwaites, The Unknown Field Division, Jeff Wall.
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“The Fall” at Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

January 7 – March 12, 2016. Haines Gallery proudly presents "The Fall", a series of recent color photographs by California–based artist David Maisel. For nearly three decades, Maisel has created rigorous, captivating aerial photographs of landscapes affected by industry, agriculture, urban sprawl, and other forms of human intervention. Despite the political and environmental underpinnings of these images, Maisel’s work refuses didactic interpretation, evoking instead an experience that the artist has called the “apocalyptic sublime.”
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Wired

Wired: "Sweeping Aerial Shots of Spain Look Like Alien Terrain." January 28, 2016. Mallonee, Laura. "The surreal landscapes in David Maisel’s 'The Fall' don’t look like anything on earth. The ashen colors and strange geometry appear otherworldly, like the surface of a distant planet. But his unusual landscapes are aerial views of mining, agriculture and construction sites in central Spain."
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The New Yorker

The New Yorker: "David Maisel's Geometric Geographies." January 13, 2016. Bjornerud, Marcia. "David Maisel’s aerial photographs of Toledo, Spain, and the surrounding La Mancha region, some of which will be on view at Haines Gallery, in San Francisco, through March 12th, can make Earth’s surface look more alien than terrestrial. Parts of the area that Maisel focussed on are underlain by light-colored alkaline rocks, which formed through the evaporation of an ancient body of water. The silvery soil of plowed fields almost shimmers, like a ghostly memory of that long-vanished sea."
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“The Fall” at Haines Gallery

Opening reception with the artist: Thursday, January 7, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm Haines Gallery proudly presents "The Fall," a series of recent color photographs by California-based artist David Maisel.
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Mixt(e) Magazine

Interview with Nathalie Fraser for Mixt(e) Magazine Numéro 13, September 2015 "With their square format, acid-bright colours or oneiric black and white, David Maisel’s works invite a kind of contemplation that turns into surprise and finally into shock. These apparently abstract compositions are in fact zones (lakes, mines, conurbations) on which man’s influence has played a radical role in transforming the original landscape. From the sky, perched in a Cessna plane, Maisel overlooks the land like a kind of deus ex machina, motivated both by the power of the image and by the desire to record this alternative American vision."
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“David Maisel- Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime” at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL

August 28 – November 14, 2015. This solo exhibition leads the viewer on a hallucinatory journey through landscapes in the American West that have been transformed by the physical and environmental effects of industry. It features twenty-eight large-scale pigment prints from The Lake Project, Oblivion, The Mining Project, American Mine, and Terminal Mirage.
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“Points of View” at the Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME

June 12 – October 17, 2015. The Bates College Museum of Art will present "Points of View", an exhibition of contemporary photography featuring new and recent works by Jay Gould, Gary Green, David Maisel, and Shoshannah White. Viewing elements of the Maine landscape from different levels of scale, each artist explores a different aspect of the boundaries and interrelationships between human activity and the natural world.
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“The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs” at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

May 3 – September 13, 2015. "The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs" is a group exhibition exploring the complexity of the medium's relationship to time, memory, and history. Seventy-six works by artists including David Maisel, Sophie Calle, Chuck Close, Moyra Davey, Carrie Mae Weems, Chris McCaw, and more will be presented at the Gallery for the first time in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art’s photography program.
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“The Fall” at Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

March 26 - May 3, 2015. Mark Moore Gallery is proud to present "The Fall" a recent series of large-scale color photographs by California–based artist David Maisel. For over two decades, Maisel has rigorously photographed aerial perspectives of landscapes affected by industry, agriculture, urban sprawl and other forms of human intervention. Despite the political underpinnings of these images, Maisel’s work refuses didactic interpretation, arriving instead at a surreal and abstracted intersection of beauty, mystery, and horror that the artist has referred to as the “apocalyptic sublime.”
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Ancient X-Rays

Juxtapoz "Ancient X-Rays." December 6th, 2014. Hodson, Canbra. "These objects that have existed for centuries take on a new romanticized quality in Maisel’s work and provide us with an often unseen glimpse into the artistic process that was involved to create them."
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“Goethe’s Chamber” at Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

January 8 - February 28, 2015. "Goethe’s Chamber" is a group exhibition that invites visitors to reconsider vision as an embodied, subjective and durational experience, continuously augmented by emergent technologies and theorized from various vantages throughout the ages. Located at the intersection of science and fiction, the exhibition’s title is an allusion to polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s pioneering work The Theory of Colour (1810).
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“ToledoContemporánea,” Toledo, Spain

Ivorypress presents the photographic project ToledoContemporánea —curated by Elena Ochoa Foster with the Ivorypress team—which will be part of the exhibition program celebrating the fourth centennial of El Greco. The project, in collaboration with the Fundación El Greco 2014, offers a contemporary view of the city of Toledo: of its past, present and future realities. Twelve photographers have created photographic series about the Spanish city: José Manuel Ballester, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Matthieu Gafsou, Dionisio González, Rinko Kawauchi, Marcos López, David Maisel, Abelardo Morell, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Flore-äel Surun and Massimo Vitali, as well as the special collaboration of Michal Rovner and composer and theater maker Heiner Goebbels.
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“History Recast: Photography and Roman Sculpture in Contemporary Art” at the American Academy in Rome

January - March, 2014. "History Recast" offers a close examination of the relationship between photography and Roman sculpture in contemporary art. Revisiting the claim made by French critic André Malraux in 1947 that the history of art—in particular sculpture—had become “the history of that which can be photographed,” this exhibition explores how artists today no longer use the camera simply to document sculpture. Instead, they embrace photography to create new visions of iconic objects that call into question how we view our heritage, our systems of knowledge, and ourselves.
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“Surveying the Terrain,” Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC

October 4, 2013 – January 13, 2014. Surveying the Terrain at the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina explores how contemporary artists are using maps, mapping technologies, cartography, surveying, science and politics to create artworks. The exhibition focuses on the how the artists’ relationships to the Earth, the art they create, and our relationships to each other are condensed, extended, distorted and interpreted by beauty, politics, environmental degradation, poverty, surveillance, privacy and censorship. Artists include David Maisel, Mishka Henner, Matthew Jensen, Alfredo Jaar, Maya Lin, Trevor Paglen, Doug Rickard, and others.
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Interview: In Conversation with Lisa Tamiris Becker in ARID Journal

David Maisel’s two aerial photography series The Lake Project (2001 – 2002) and Oblivion (2004) explore respectively the landscapes of Owens Lake and the Los Angeles metropolis. Owens Lake, a mostly dry glacial lake some two hundred miles to the northeast of Los Angeles on the Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, was drained throughout the 20th Century to supply water to the ever-growing Los Angeles megalopolis. The desiccated Owens Lake, transformed through the immensity of water diversion projects that fed the Los Angeles Aqueduct, has become the largest toxic dust site in the United States and remains so, even with the more recent partial restoration of water flow to the site in an attempt to mitigate its toxicity.
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Stern

Explore David Maisel’s Black Maps The American photographer David Maisel photographs the brutal interference of humans in the natural world. 

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Daily Telegraph

“Pillaged Earth.” May 10, 2013. “These impressive aerial photographs are the work of David Maisel, who specializes in taking large-scaled, otherworldly pictures of natural terrain that has been modified by human intervention such as mining for valuable natural resources. Maisel has photographed such areas of environmental degradation for almost 30 years. Wherever he goes he hires a local pilot and a small plane to take him up anywhere from 500 to 11,000 feet in altitude where he can take his pictures."
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Slate

“A Shocking Look at America's Altered Landscapes.” May 10, 2013. Coppelman, Alyssa. “There is an overwhelming sense of disbelief when looking at David Maisel’s aerial photographs of open-pit mines, toxic waste sites, logging, freeways and other scenes that mark the toll humans have left on earth.”
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“Moving – Norman Foster on Art” at the Carré d’Art, France

May 3 – September 15, 2013 "Moving – Norman Foster at the Carré d’Art" – Nîmes Museum of Contemporary Art To mark twenty years since the completion of the Carré d’Art in Nîmes, Norman Foster has been invited to curate a special exhibition to celebrate this anniversary. The title of the exhibition is ‘Moving’ and it brings together 138 works by 66 artists from 14 countries, covering almost a 200 year period from Turner’s early nineteenth-century watercolours to contemporary video pieces. For more information, please visit the Foster and Partners website.

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