“Chuck Close: Photo Maquettes” at Eykyn Maclean, through May 24
A kind of retrospective in miniature, this show features the large-format photos and polaroids that Close used throughout his career to paint his signature portrait heads. Crop marks, overlaid grids and even the artist’s fingerprints are all clearly visible on these artifactual remains of the creative process.
“Bill Brandt: Early Prints from the Collection of the Family” at Edwynn Houk Gallery, through May 11
If you were planning to go to MoMA just to see the Bill Brandt retrospective, save the admission and check out this show instead. You can see many of the same images, representing the earliest prints struck from the photographer’s original negatives.
Charles Fréger, “Wilder Mann” at Yossi Milo Gallery, through May 18
Fréger traveled to 18 European countries for this series on revelers at various local festivals, who are dressed as regional variations on the Wild Man, a folk figure associated with the seasons, holidays, rites of passage, life and death.
“Luigi Ghirri: Kodachrome” at Matthew Marks Gallery, through Apr 20
Luigi Ghirri’s work represents the European analog to the 1970s color-film experimentation by such American fine-art photographers as William Eggleston. Ghirri’s approach to picture taking, however, was much more formal and Conceptual in nature, as it often commented ironically on the conventions and technical nature of photography itself. This thread tied together his otherwise varied portfolio of subject matter. The images here were all part of Ghirri’s first book, self-published in 1978, and titled simply Kodachrome.