Still Life

Jan Groover at Andrew Kreps is the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: Jan Groover pushed the photographic still life from black-and-white into color.

(Courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York)

In the late 1970s, the painter-turned-photographer Jan Groover did something that ought to have been a no-brainer: She shot modernist still lifes on color film, as though Edward Weston had been blown from Kansas to Oz. Some of those images are now in a group show at the Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. Color gives Groover’s stylish pictures a shared foundation in the world and in painting that their predecessors didn’t have.

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