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Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Through September 2, 2013 

Photomontage is a particularly appealing technique for landscape architects, according to Charles Waldheim, the Gardner Museum’s consulting curator of landscape, because it suggests growth over time. The overlay of one image on another — whether by hand or digitally, real or surreal — is a study in transformation, and in this exhibition, artist and architect switch roles. Michael van Valkenburgh imagines an experimental fish farm in the Tuileries Garden; Gary Hilderbrand blurs the line between interior and exterior, between roots and branches, in his treatment of Philip Johnson’s Glass House. For the Gardner’s first-ever exhibition of landscape architecture, the change is welcome.