Goings On About Town: Art

by Vince Aletti

Issei Suda

The New Yorker


For his first solo exhibition in the U.S., this Japanese photographer shows twenty-four small black-and-white pictures taken mostly in the late nineteen-seventies. His subjects are varied, almost random: cherry-blossom branches, a billowing skirt, three girls in kimonos, schoolboys in uniform, roiling waves. Like Rosalind Solomon, Suda works in a style that’s compulsive, careful, and quite direct; even the potentially sensational image of a huge boa constrictor slithering along a wood-panelled wall is matter-of-fact. For Suda, the confluence of modern and traditional, artificial and natural, isn’t a source of tension, it’s the new reality. Through April 24.