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24.01.2011

 

Just like Romeo and Juliet in Paradise - Lawrence Beck's 'Italian Gardens' at Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Taking a stroll like Romeo and Juliet? We know the best spot: Italy's gardens. The southern mid-part of the country is host to ancient buildings nestled in-between dense greenery in an untouched botanic garden.

The treetops picturesquely trail into natural roofs, arching over the path or frame the magical relics from times long gone. Lawrence Beck narrates the tender beauty of this very environment in his photographs and brings a touch of romance into the Sonnabend Gallery in New York.

The eleven large-format pictures of the 'Italian Gardens' merge with previous series by the artist. Following 'Botanical Gardens' in the late 1990s and 'Waterfalls' (2005-2007), Beck enters a familiar environment. His photographs are shot in Ninfa, Boboli and (Villa Reale di) Marlia.

Under the gentle gleam of the early morning light, all the wells, overgrown ruins, bridges and statues appear to have been painted with a brush, blurring the boundaries of photography and fine art.


Lawrence Beck – Italian Garden
Sonnabend Gallery
536 West 22nd Street
New York

Until the 12th of February 2011
Tue – Sat, 10am – 6pm

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens

Lawrence Beck - Italian Gardens