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Seeing Out Loud: Jerry Saltz on the Best Booth at the Independent Art Fair

8 March 2014 8:14 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If all songs are love songs, then maybe all stories of obsession are stories of love and doom, from Sentimental Education and Lolita to Horse Crazy and Moby-Dick. I saw two magnificent tales of photographic obsession this week at the Susanne Zander Gallery booth at the Independent, one of three art fairs I visited in four days. They’re in a compact four-person show titled “artist unknown,” and it contains only work created by anonymous makers. Sinking into it, letting myself be taken up in its intractable magic I remembered the Velvet Underground's lyric in “Some Kind of Love”: "No kinds of love are better than others." Whoever the anonymous makers were, regardless of their motivations and compulsions, I saw art driven by inner necessity, elaborate imagination filled with pathos, intensity, something pitiable but incredibly celebratory.First, there are eight pictures out of an incredible cache of 380 small-scaled color photos, »

- Jerry Saltz

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