Go See – New York: Thomas Struth at Marian Goodman Gallery through June 19th, 2010

May 8th, 2010

Tokamak Asdex Upgrade Interior 2 Max Planck IPP, Garching (2009) by Thomas Struth, via Marian Goodman

Currently on view at Marion Goodman Gallery are new works by German photographer Thomas Struth. The new body of works explores the rarely investigated subjects of mechanical engines, industrial and scientific research institutes, and pharmaceutical plants. The works were taken throughout Asia, the Americas, and Europe and reveal an almost beauty in architectural machinery.

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Stellarator Wendelstein 7-x detail Max Planck, IPP, Greifswald (2009) by Thomas Struth, via Marian Goodman

Struth’s images reveal glimpses into the nuclear fusion reactor being built in Greifswald, Germany, the Space shuttle Endeavor, and the private laboratory Max Planck in Greifswald and Garching, Germany. These charged environments represent the often inaccessible interiors of the world’s greatest technological and scientific advances.  Struth examines the hidden beauty of the machine and the unfathomable imprint of industrial progress. For the artist each of these images represents, “an imprint of the human soul into the material world. This is the materialized mind.”

Tomamak Bulguska Temple, Gyeong Yu (2007) by , via Marian Goodman

Thomas Struth studied with Gerard Richter and photographers Bernd and Hiller Becher.  He is known for his conceptual photographs revealing everyday subjects, monumental buildings and skyscrapers, and also family portraits. His work often investigates the relationships between people and their everyday surroundings or, in the case of his family portraits, the apparent social dynamics within a seemingly still photograph.

Seestuck Donghae City
(2007) by Thomas Struth, via Marian Goodman

Struth’s work has been shown at major international museums and galleries throughout the world, notably at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in 2003 and the Renaissance Society in Chicago in 1990. In 1997 he was awarded the Spectrum International Photography Prize for Lower Saxony.

Acropolis Museum Athens
(2009) by Thomas Struth, via Marian Goodman

Related Links:

Exhibition Page [Marian Goodman Gallery]
Arts: The Week Ahead [NY Times]                                                                                                                                                              Thomas Struth’s Scientific Exposé at Marian Goodman [Nowness]