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Haiku Reviews: Poetry, German Photography, Clay Gurus & More

First Posted: 01/06/11 06:37 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditional Haiku form of 5x7x5 syllables, others might be a sonnet or a string of words together. This week Peter Frank gives quick takes on everything from poetry to painting. Is there a show or performance that you think people should know about? Write a Haiku with a link and shine a light on something you think is noteworthy too.

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PHOTO CREDIT: WILHELM SCHÜRMANN, Aachen, Riechierich, Germany, 1978, Gelatin silver print, 12 x 16 inches

WHAT: Objectivity in German Photography
Luisotti
Bergamot Station #A2
2525 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica
Through Jan. 8

HAIKU REVIEW: Objectivity in German Photography has been around a lot longer than the recent popularity of Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, et al. This show documents a previous generation of German photographers, emerging between 1960 and 2000. Bernd and Hilla Becher are the best known of the lot by far, but their seven coevals here took a not-much-less cool view of the bourgeois landscape, natural and social, around them. One documents harvested fields, another Berlin’s drink kiosks, another bathers at an artificial lake, etc. Some work in color, others black and white. They compare directly – and favorably – with America’s concurrent “new topographic” photographers, doing pretty much the same thing with the same cool, albeit with an arch tang that speaks less of environmental and more of social critique. – Peter Frank
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