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Art Review: Various: "Furthermore" 

Wednesday, May 19 2010
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There's a reason tourists in New York always gravitate to Times Square, and it's in the faces of the family captured so brilliantly by photographer Louis Faurer in 1948: to be awed by the bright lights and bigness of Gotham. Faurer's family is no ordinary one. They look like rural out-of-towners — what some might indelicately call "hicks." Faurer's portrait is one of the many alluring attractions of this exhibit. Other New York photos — one by Diane Arbus of kids pretending to be monsters; another of a suicide note that's as provocative as anything by Weegee — anchor "Furthermore," but this show covers a wide geographical area, including the Bay Area and countries far afield. What unites the photos and graphic work is the Fraenkel Gallery's aesthetic: This is a hodge-podge exhibit designed to celebrate three decades of the gallery's existence. Walking into the gallery — seeing Andy Warhol's work in the same space as other famous chroniclers (Helen Levitt, Irving Penn, Lee Friedlander, Walker Evans) and lesser-known people like Faurer — is to see a range of drama, loneliness, triumph, randomness, and aftermaths of moments that are well worth puzzling over.

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