I first met my now good friend Andy Freeberg when we did a show of his photographs of Chelsea gallery front desks. Titled "Sentry" the series took a ironic look and the intersection of art, architecture, and ritual that is the world of the high end Chelsea art gallery. The prints were beautiful and luminous and made quite a stir.
Already an accomplished photojournalist, the show vaulted Freeberg into the art world and the pictures were subsequently shown around the world and acquired by major museums and collectors. This left him with the question of what to do next. The answer as you will see above and below was to continue his exploration of the art world with a series of pictures of Russian museum guards and the work they were guarding. Like "Sentry", they record the interaction (or lack of) between the individual and the work of art in photographs that are works of art in their own right.
March appears to be Freeberg's month, and the Russian show opens tonight at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. At the same time Freeberg's work can be seen at Houston's Fotofest, and a book is about to come out.
Freeberg's latest excursion into the art involves dealers sitting in their booths at art fairs. So if you see a guy who looks like a cross between Brad Pitt and Robert Pattinson with a Canon 5D Mark II, watch out!
And from the series "Sentry":