By Show and Tell
By Bree Davies
By Bree Davies
By Cory Casciato
By Emilie Johnson
By Robin Edwards
By Bree Davis
By Josiah M. Hesse
Bayer, son of modern master Herbert Bayer, grew up in Aspen but decades ago moved to London, where he still lives. Among his many talents, the senior Bayer was an accomplished photographer, which is perhaps why both of his sons, Jonathan and the late Javan, followed that same path.
The show at Wilson Adams is based on Jonathan Bayer's latest book of photos, titled Bottle in the Smoke and published in England in 2004. The book is on sale at Wilson Adams, and Bayer came to town last weekend to autograph copies of it. Both the show and the book feature black-and-white photos of milk bottles in different settings, such as Covent Gardens . Though Bayer has photographed a variety of subjects, the bottles are an ongoing interest for him, with some dating back to the 1970s. He does not arrange the bottles into still-life scenes but records them as he finds them, which is why his aesthetic recalls classic street photography of the '50s and '60s.
The Bayer show is in some sense the last gasp of the old Emil Nelson, and it doesn't accurately indicate the sensibility of Wilson Adams. But the second gallery holds something that does: the flamboyant work of DeDe LaRue, whose style is as far removed from Bayer's as possible. LaRue is the star of this gallery, and she's already been a moneymaker for it.
Bayer's elegant Bottle in the Smoke runs through November 1.