New Sicilian Topographics: Massimo Cristaldi, Sandro Scalia and Blaise Tobia

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New Sicilian Topographics: Massimo Cristaldi, Sandro Scalia and Blaise Tobia

September 16, 2021 - September 26, 2021

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a photographic exhibition in association with the Philadelphia 20/20 Festival, September 2021

The 1975 photo exhibition “New Topograhics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape” at George Eastman House was highly influential and changed the way a generation of photographic artists approached landscape photography. Among its featured artists were Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Frank Goehlke and Stephen Shore, who decisively replaced the traditional sentimentality of landscape with an often brutal criticality, especially in the face of banal human interventions and degradations of the natural environment.

Massimo Cristaldi (Catania, Sicily), Sandro Scalia (Palermo, Sicily) and Blaise Tobia (whose four grandparents emigrated from Calatafimi, Sicily) bring a similar critical eye to their documentation of the Sicilian landscape – especially that of the new suburbs of the major cities. This is a Sicily very different from that of the tourism industry.


— Gallery Hours: Th 9/16 5-8 • Fr 9/17 5-8 • Sa 9/18 12-6 • Th 9/23 5-8 • Fr 9/24 5-8 • Sa 9/25 12-8 •Su 9/26 12-6 • and by appointment

— Artists Reception: Saturday, September 25, 5-8 PM

— Gallery Walkthrough with two of the artists: Sunday 9/26 (time TBD)


September 16, 2021
September 26, 2021
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Art on the Avenue Gallery
3808 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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