Walter Niedermayr @Miller

JTF (just the facts): A total of 15 works, made up of 2, 3 or 4 panels hung edge to edge, framed in blond wood and displayed throughout the entire gallery (entry, 2 small front rooms, and three larger back rooms). The prints are a mixture of C prints and digital ink prints, made in editions of 6. The negatives are from the period 2000 to 2008. All of the works are large, varying in size, but most are approximately 50×100. (Installation shots at right.)

Comments/Context: Italian photographer Walter Niedermayr has made a career out of documenting scenes of immense natural scale. His most recognizable images are set on mountain tops or at alpine ski reports, where spindly lift machinery winds up the mountainside and people are reduced to tiny blips of bright color, often contrasted with vast open panoramic spaces of pure white. He uses this same formula with wide swaths of bleached out sand and dunes, or with expansive rolling green pastures where the miniature people have been replaced by sheep and hay bales.

While we had seen single works by Niedermayr previously, I very much enjoyed seeing a larger body of his images collected and hung together, as many more patterns in his artistic approach emerged. From afar, the works wash out to painterly expanses of color; up close, they are a potent reminder of the insignificance of life and its entertainments when placed against the backdrop of the timeless and indifferent natural world.

The artist’s placeholder website is here.

Collector’s POV: The works in this show range in price from $19000 to $32000, mostly based on size/the number of panels in the work. Niedermayr’s work has started to become more available in the secondary markets in the past few years, finding buyers at auction at prices from $10000 to $25000. I find these images both visually stimulating from a variety of distances and thought provoking in terms of their environmental commentary. This combination will likely make them successful and enduring over the long run.

Rating: ** (two stars) VERY GOOD (rating system described here)

Through March 14

524 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

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