“Mannequin” is really an exciting new body of work on view at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. The five decades of constant outpouring of work really culminates with this project. This collection of mannequins in storefront windows was assembled over three years from stores in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. No one can create a self-imposed conceptual/compositional challenge and work it like Friedlander. He maintains the discipline of the challenge: looking at today’s values and zeitgeist through the relationship of the contents of a store window and the reflections from the glass in front of it. It is as if Atget and Uelsmann (now so very out of fashion) had collided in Friedlander’s brain and this is what emerged.
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