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June Issue 2010
Nina Liu and Friends in Charleston, SC, Offers Works by Michael Johnson
Nina Liu and Friends
in Charleston, SC, is presenting an exhibition of black and white
photographs by Michael Johnson entitled The Classic Landscape,
which will be on view through July 15, 2010.
The photographs in The Classic Landscape entice the eye with subtle gradations of tone that range from white through seemingly infinite shades of grey to black. Johnson created these images of the west and mid-west during the period from 1976 through 1995. As a group, the photographs evoke the timeless qualities of the American landscape. Johnson skillfully balances the grandeur of clouded skies with earthbound, patterned fields in such a way that each image is able to stand alone or to work with its fellows to even greater visual impact.
Johnson has been creating silver gelatin photographs of rural American landscapes for more than three decades, and he has exhibited his work at galleries and museums across the country. Among the institutions that have collected his photographs are the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC; the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, IL; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. Johnson also has exhibited his work at Photo Gallery International in Tokyo, Japan. His photographs also are in the collections of Sprint, McDonald's, Bank of America, and many other corporations.
An article in the Los Angeles Times referred to Johnson as "one of the country's premier landscape photographers." Critics have said that Johnson's photographs "speak with an eloquence of vision and craft from bygone days" and that they "speak for themselves in their strength of purpose, elegance of form and composition, and in their ability to simplify things without being ordinary."
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