MOORE, ANDREW

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DAMIANI/AKRON ART MUSEUM

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 14 x 11 in. / 136 pgs / 72 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
PUB DATE 4/30/2010
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CATALOG: SPRING 2010 p. 177   

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ISBN 9788862081184 TRADE
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Akron, OH
Akron Art Museum, 06/05/10-10/10/10

Queens, NY
Queens Museum of Art, August 2011-January 2012

"What we see taking place in Andrew Moore's photographs is no doubt happening everywhere, but it would appear that in Detroit the process has such extraordinary velocity it seems to have stepped out of time to become the sole condition of being. These photographs are among the most beautiful I've ever seen: their calm in the face of the ravages of man and nature confer an unexpected dignity upon the subjects of his camera, the very dignity I had assumed daily life had robbed them of. In Alleyway, East Side, my eye settles on a small sheet of ice that has formed in a wheelbarrow and moves from the ice to the portions of the twigs sticking up though trapped in the ice, and then from the twigs to the barrow's single visible handle and then to the black trunk of a tree that snakes its way upward through the half-light trapped between two buildings. The trunk continues upward toward...toward what it doesn't know, and yet it continues to rise."

Philip Levine, excerpted from his essay to Detroit Disassembled.

  

DAMIANI/AKRON ART MUSEUM

Andrew Moore: Detroit Disassembled

Published by Damiani/Akron Art Museum
Text by Andrew Moore, Philip Levine.

Reviewing Andrew Moore's <a href="9788862081184.html"> Detroit Disassembled</a> in <I>The New York Times</I> online, Holly Brubach writes, "The sight of fluorescent moss carpeting a floor or birch trees sprouting from a bed of rotting books signifies for him not--or not only--a boomtown’s tragic collapse but an occasion to devise a new urban paradigm, one that incorporates vast swaths of woods and farmland. Moore’s Detroit, though sparsely populated, is not a ghost town. An East Side man identified as Algernon stares out from his ramshackle porch, his dog perched on the stairs. Schoolchildren pause in the middle of a Highland Park street and solemnly meet the camera’s gaze. Seven friends in hoodies and jeans drink beer on a Foxtown rooftop. It’s harder to dismiss Detroit and its fate in the face of these reminders that the city isn’t dead, that, however deserted its neighborhoods, not everyone has given up and walked away." Featured image is from <a href="9788862081184.html"> Detroit Disassembled</a>.No longer the Motor City of boom-time industry, the city of Detroit has fallen into an incredible state of dilapidation since the decline of the American auto industry after the Second World War. Today, whole sections of the city resemble a war zone, its once-spectacular architectural grandeur reduced to vacant ruins. In Detroit Disassembled, photographer Andrew Moore records a territory in which the ordinary flow of time-or the forward march of the assembly line-appears to have been thrown spectacularly into reverse. For Moore, who throughout his career has been drawn to all that contradicts or seems to threaten America's postwar self-image (his previous projects include portraits of Cuba and Soviet Russia), Detroit's decline affirms the carnivorousness of our earth, as it seeps into and overruns the buildings of a city that once epitomized humankind's supposed supremacy. In Detroit Disassembled, Moore locates both dignity and tragedy in the city's decline, among postapocalyptic landscapes of windowless grand hotels, vast barren factory floors, collapsing churches, offices carpeted in velvety moss and entire blocks reclaimed by prairie grass. Beyond their jawdropping content, Moore's photographs inevitably raise the uneasy question of the long-term future of a country in which such extreme degradation can exist unchecked.

Reviewing Andrew Moore's Detroit Disassembled in The New York Times online, Holly Brubach writes, "The sight of fluorescent moss carpeting a floor or birch trees sprouting from a bed of rotting books signifies for him not--or not only--a boomtown’s tragic collapse but an occasion to devise a new urban paradigm, one that incorporates vast swaths of woods and farmland. Moore’s Detroit, though sparsely populated, is not a ghost town. An East Side man identified as Algernon stares out from his ramshackle porch, his dog perched on the stairs. Schoolchildren pause in the middle of a Highland Park street and solemnly meet the camera’s gaze. Seven friends in hoodies and jeans drink beer on a Foxtown rooftop. It’s harder to dismiss Detroit and its fate in the face of these reminders that the city isn’t dead, that, however deserted its neighborhoods, not everyone has given up and walked away." Featured image is from Detroit Disassembled.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The New York Times

Mike Rubin

Although there is plenty of rubble in “Detroit Disassembled,” Mr. Moore’s work usually escapes the narrow constraints of the genre. His large-scale prints—some up to 5 feet by 6 feet — are sumptuous and painterly, rich in texture and color: the emerald carpet of moss growing on the floor of Henry Ford’s office at the Model T plant, the pumpkin-orange walls of a vandalized classroom at Cass Technical High School, the crimson panels of a former F.B.I. shooting range. Photos like those of the enormous rolling hall at Ford’s River Rouge plant and a sunset over the Bob-Lo Island boat dock were inspired, Mr. Moore said, by 19th-century American landscape painters like Frederic Church and Martin Johnson Heade.

The Wall Street Journal

Editors

Andrew Moore's 'Detroit Disassembled' (Damiani) concentrates primarly on the factories that formerly drove the economy, now falling apart or gone back to nature, like the Ford office whose floor has grown over with moss.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

ALEX GALAN | DATE 5/14/2010

Andrew Moore: Detroit Disassembled at the Strand Bookstore (Damiani/Akron Art Museum)

Andrew Moore: Detroit Disassembled On Thursday, May 13, the Strand Bookstore hosted a conversation between photographer Andrew Moore and poet Philip Levine on Moore's new book Detroit Disassembled. Levine began by reading a few poems inspired by his hometown of Detroit, and told stories of his youth there. Moore described his experiences in today's Detroit, illustrated with slides of images from the book, and CSPAN was there recording the whole thing for an episode of BookTV. continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

ALLIE PISARRO-GRANT | DATE 1/5/2011

Detroit Disassembled receives 2011 Michigan Notable Books Award

Detroit Dissasembled: Award AnnouncementD.A.P. is excited to announce that one of our favorite titles from our Spring 2010 Catalog, Andrew Moore: Detroit Disassembled, has received a 2011 Michigan Notable Books Award. continue to blog


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