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Exhibition: ‘Detroit 1968: Photographs by Enrico Natali’ at Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA – Part 2

Exhibition dates: 2nd November – 21st December 2013

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The second tranche of images from the artist Enrico Natali demonstrate his command of visual space. Groups of people face away from the camera, then towards it (top two images), people clutch at each other or walk in opposite directions (next two images). There is the comparison of races, between abject poverty and young people dressed in fur going to the prom. There is the silence of the singular women in the office,  and the (op)posed comradery of the Detroit Bolt and Nut Company workers (1968, below). Above all, there is light and shade coupled with a sensitive understanding of how human beings interact – with themselves and the camera. Newlywed couple, Detroit, 1968 (1968, below) is a case in point: the clock on the wall, the record player with single, the hand on the shoulder and the ash lengthening on the cigarette complement the presence of the couple and the wonderful look on their faces. Somehow Natali adds genuine charisma to these people, a dignity and poignancy that makes these photographs memorable.

Dr Marcus Bunyan for the Art Blart blog

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Many thankx to Joseph Bellows Gallery for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

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Enrico Natali. 'Ford Motor Company press conference, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Ford Motor Company press conference, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Office workers, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Office workers, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Couple at Metropolitan Beach, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Pedestrians at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Conners, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Pedestrians at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Conners, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'High school prom, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
High school prom, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Secretary with abstract painting, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Secretary with abstract painting, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Detroit Bolt and Nut Company workers, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Detroit Bolt and Nut Company workers, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Computer room, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Computer room, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Ann Davis at home with her daughter and son, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Ann Davis at home with her daughter and son, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Couple at home with their daughter, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Couple at home with their daughter, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Jim and Judy Yardley with their dogs, Sport and Barney, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Jim and Judy Yardley with their dogs, Sport and Barney, Detroit, 1968
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Enrico Natali. 'Pool player in an east side poolroom, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Pool player in an east side poolroom, Detroit, 1968
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Enrico Natali. 'Typesetter at work, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Typesetter at work, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Dean Turner with his parents and cat, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Dean Turner with his parents and cat, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Father and child at the Detroit Auto Show, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Father and child at the Detroit Auto Show, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali Enrico.'Natali's son, Vincenzo Natali, on the day of his birth, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Enrico Natali’s son, Vincenzo Natali, on the day of his birth, Detroit, 1968
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Enrico Natali. 'Suburban girls shopping in downtown Detroit, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Suburban girls shopping in downtown Detroit, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Man with injured knee at the beach smoking, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Man with injured knee at the beach smoking, Detroit, 1968
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Enrico Natali. 'Beauty salon client smoking, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Beauty salon client smoking, Detroit, 1968
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Enrico Natali. 'Gala hostess, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Gala hostess, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Woman outside a tire factory waiting for the bus, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Woman outside a tire factory waiting for the bus, Detroit, 1968
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Enrico Natali. 'Spectators at an Armed Forces Day parade, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Spectators at an Armed Forces Day parade, Detroit, 1968
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Enrico Natali. 'High school student in mini dress, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
High school student in mini dress, Detroit, 1968
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Enrico Natali. 'Couple outside of an art museum, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Couple outside of an art museum, Detroit, 1968
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Enrico Natali. 'Woman at an art exhibition in Grosse Pointe, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Woman at an art exhibition in Grosse Pointe, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Enrico Natali. 'Newlywed couple, Detroit, 1968' 1968

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Enrico Natali
Newlywed couple, Detroit, 1968
1968

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Joseph Bellows Gallery
7661 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
Tel: (858) 456-5620

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm, and Saturday by appointment

Joseph Bellows Gallery website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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