Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before September 4

by Paul Laster

Charles Swedlund

The New York Observer


Opening: “Charles Swedlund: Buy Photographs – Not Gold! and Other Works, 1970 – 1975” at Higher Pictures
A photo-conceptualist who studied with legendary photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Chicago’s Institute of Design, Charles Swedlund made photo-objects, toys and games that incorporated his playful imagery. Works in the exhibition include 1973’s Pyro (Burn) Matchbook, a book of matches with instructions inside to burn the photo on the cover, and ‘73’s Photographic Gumball Machine, a coin-operated device that dispenses wooden gumballs with different parts of a nude figure.

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