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David Maisel’s Spanish Landscapes

March 17, 2016

By Rebecca Robertson

© DAVID MAISEL/COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND HAINES GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO

David Maisel’s “The Fall (Borox 6),” 2013. Maisel traveled to Toledo, Spain, for a commission celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco, but stayed on to make the images in “The Fall.” He was surprised to find traces of the painter in the work. “There was a kind of resonance with El Greco’s palette and I guess it makes sense: He lived in the area,” says Maisel.

David Maisel’s subjects have ranged from mine tailings to Los Angeles sprawl, from the cremated remains of asylum residents to vintage x-rays of museum artifacts. Maisel uses a variety of approaches to reveal patterns and structures that might otherwise be invisible, uncovering the beautiful or terrifying essence of places or things. For his new series “The Fall,” on view at...

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