I/Eye: On Photography

A visit to Robert Tat

Posted in Other Photographers by Sheila Newbery on October 19, 2010
Figure Study no. 3 by Zoltan Herczegh (1880-?), photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Figure Study no. 3 by Zoltan Herczegh (1880-?), photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Not enough time at the Robert Tat Gallery on our last (hurried) First Thursday visit on the 8th: we’d lingered too long among the mylar paintings a floor above — a novelty for my friend T. and me. Paintings encrusted with salts and sparkles — and what might have been toothpaste (?).  The attractions of goop, but, hey, appealing in its way. It’s happened more than once now: we go commune with the splendors of 49 Geary, amidst a mild buzz of befuddlement, and then we make our way to Tat and wish we hadn’t taken so long to get there. Last time, the revelation was Horst’s portrait of Gertrude Stein: a portrait I would have died happy to have made. This time: a beautiful miniature silhouette of a tennis player in gelatin silver (I have a weakness for the game)—and night-time fishermen standing at water’s edge in ghostly illumination. I didn’t even have a chance to turn the prints on the racks…

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