This post is in the hope that the dead finally have decent internet access.

FOR WALTER HOPPS, who taught me so much.


Walter said upon seeing this, “It looks like I am trying to hold myself together”.

John Gossage was born in New York City, in 1946. He is an artist who makes history present in photographs. He photographs places and sites that tell an everyday story: paths worn through abandoned tracts of land, corners where debris collects, markings on a wall, a table after a meal. Gossage photographs that which has just occurred to remind us that we may have already forgotten it happened or that we were there. By asking us look at what we have misplaced or abandoned he brings us face to face with the present as it becomes history. Throughout the 1980s Berlin became Gossage’s overriding focus. The art from this period is arguable his most important and has unquestionable influenced all his subsequent work.