Industrial Art and a Kitty
By William Meyers
n the years between the end of World War I and the coming to power of the Nazis, the German photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch shot formal, straightforward but quite beautiful pictures of industrial plants and machinery. All but six of Robert Bourdeau's 24 pictures at Houk have subject matter very reminiscent of Mr. Renger-Patzsch's, and their style is similar. But while the German works were emblems of scientific progress, industrial might and modernity, Mr. Bourdeau's are studies in decay. His meticulous, gold-toned black-and-white prints are elegies to former ...
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