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David Goldblatt: Strange Instrument

Pace Gallery / New York / Art

“I was drawn not to the events of the time,” said the South African photographer David Goldblatt, who died in 2018 at the age of 87, “but to the quiet and commonplace where nothing ‘happened’ and yet all was contained and imminent.” Goldblatt was referring to the 50 years he spent exploring his home country, traipsing around Johannesburg with a camera at the ready. His photographs have a lot to say about the racism that permeated South African society, yet that wasn’t his primary goal. “I’m pegging. I’m walking around the city,” he said. “I’m learning the city, and trying to take photographs.” For this exhibition, the artist and activist Zanele Muholi, who was mentored by Goldblatt, has selected 60 prints that celebrate his powerful vision. —E.C.

Pace Gallery 510 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
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