Do you think Doug Hall has a big ol' Candida Hofer chip on his shoulder? I do. Nonetheless, Doug Hall is my best buy for July. SF Camerawork is offering this chromogenic development print, 24 x 38", in an edition of 25 to its patron members as part of their $1,250 membership price. Before you get all huffy that this piece costs over my $1,000 limit, consider that by joining at the patron level, you are entitled to a $1,129 charitable contribution tax deduction, so the price of this piece on a tax adjusted basis is under a grand.
It is part of his acclaimed series of photographs of the opulent 18th and 19th century European opera houses. These concert halls were ornate aesthetic palaces in which social classes, newly arisen to wealth, could participate in the lavish cultural pageants that were previously available only to the aristocracy. Doug Hall’s large-format photography has been exhibited worldwide, including at the 2002 Bienal de São Paulo. He is represented in numerous public collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; SF MOMA; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthaus, Zürich; The Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Vienna. He is represented by Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco; Feigen Contemporary, New York; and Galerie Kapinos, Berlin, Germany.