On view at Pace Gallery, “The Seasons” spotlights six large-scale photographs by Paul Graham that collectively nod to a painting series of the same name by 16th-century Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel. Whereas Bruegel’s works depict rural life in Northern Europe, however, Graham’s photographs reveal scenes on New York City’s Park Avenue: specifically, outside the headquarters of major banks. The images ultimately invoke the inescapable presence of these powerful financial establishments across American society. As institutions, they remain unceasingly consistent in their practices, all the while displaying scant regard for the world around them.
Shown alongside this series—and exhibited for the first time—is “Sightless,” a collection of portraits taken along 42nd Street in Manhattan, and for which Graham captured pedestrians with their eyes closed.
Paul Graham, SPRING (Missing), J.P. Morgan Chase, 270 Park Avenue, 2018. Pigment print mounted to Dibond, 73 3/10 × 92 1/10 × 4 inches. © Paul Graham.