The photography of war

24-war-photography-brooklyn-museum_2013_11_08_bk02_zSince moving back to Brooklyn from Houston, I am finding all sorts of connections between the two art worlds I never would have previously put together. There was an exhibition of drawings by Robert Pruitt, a widely respected Houston artist, at the Studio Museum in Harlem this fall. There’s the current Tony Feher survey at the Bronx Museum, which was put together by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston.

And now, there’s “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,” a massive examination of the experience of war that originated at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and opens at the Brooklyn Museum this Friday.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s all mere coincidence. But it’s been nice to see familiar names and shows get new life in a new city and draw parallels between a couple of major art hubs. Especially a show as important as this one.

Photo: Brooklyn Museum / Peter van Agtmael

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