Thursday, 18 April 2013

Basic Miracles

Dr. Karl Blossfeldt's enlarged photographs of plants will massage your botanical imagination. On show at the Whitechapel Gallery since this Tuesday, the century old images astound through their evocativeness and steal the show from all contemporary art currently on display.

Common male fern, young unfurling fronds, 4x

If you want, you can find aliens & sea monsters in Blossfeldt. But my highlight of the show is an article from the 1925 issue of a German magazine, illustrating the similarity between Blossfeldt's plants and cultural monuments around the world.

Horsetail reed and a Mameluke mosque in Cairo

Horse chestnand West-Native American Totem Pole

Open your eyes.

Until 14 June 2013 (Free Admission) 
Click here for Karl Blossfeldt's archive

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