Photographer Lee Friedlander
has a gift for making you take a closer look at the ordinary. His carefully orchestrated images of New York City in the 1960s capture the bustling, crowded soul of the city even if they don't quite have a documentarian's respect for absolute verisimilitude. Friedlander's layered shots of buildings and people are better than the real thing, because there's always something going on in them. Eight Friedlander photographs hang in gallery 321 of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org
), offering a 40-year snapshot of the artist's work. Admission is free, and Friedlander's work is on display through Sunday, May 30.
Lee Friedlander, American, born 1934; New York City, 1963, printed 2006; gelatin silver print; image: 8 1/2 x 12 7/8 in., sheet: 11 x 14 in.; Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by Margery Armstrong in honor of Jeffrey T. Fort 13:2009; © Lee friedlander, Courtsy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 12. Continues through May 30, 2010