Dan Graham’s New Jersey.
Photographs by Dan Graham.
Prestel, Lakewood, 2011. 128 pp., 140 illustrations, 7½x10¼".
Dan Graham, one of America’s most important contemporary artists, is best known
today for his sculptural works and installations. His photographic works are generally
not so well known, despite the fact that he first became famous for his photographic
series, Homes for America, pictures of typical American suburbia in New Jersey. To
this day the theme of architecture and its surfaces represents an extremely important
facet of his work, as does the question of what role it plays in postmodern society
and in the context of everyday culture.
This publication presents new photographs by Dan Graham, taken in the context of a study trip with the architecture faculty of Columbia University, together with a selection of original photographs from the Homes for America series. The new images exhibit stark similarities to the old pictures, because they were taken in the same locations, in the same deserts of suburban streets and housing that Graham had photographed in the 1960s. This creates a fascinating reference system of repetitions and differences, in terms of both the temporal and the spatial, that asks questions of the viewer about architecture, public space, and their function in society.