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“Polaroids”

Now that the format is on the verge of extinction, Polaroids have been cropping up all over. Here, two artists and one collaborative team demonstrate their utility and expressive range. Diana Kingsley uses Polaroids primarily as preliminary studies for her brightly colored, oddly fraught still-lifes. Mike and Doug Starn use them to document completed projects and note potential subjects (clouds, snowflakes, globes), as well as to piece together unique works. Richard Pettibone, best-known for his miniaturized appropriations of Pop and abstract art, re-photographs Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, and Guy Bourdin from open books and magazines, then overlays some of the images with brightly painted bars, dots, and squiggles. The results are surprising—at once festive and fetishistic. Through Oct. 24.

September 12 – October 24
Castelli