Kim Keever, ‘Where I Go’, 1998, Art in General: Benefit Auction (2016)

Kim Keever produces majestic landscape photographs that appear to be on a massive scale, comparable to the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich and the like. The artist’s secret is that first he meticulously crafts miniature topographies, then submerges them in a 200 gallon tank. These manipulations, including the 1998 work Where I Go depict panoramas that are timeless and unfettered by human presence. Keever’s work has been shown at Museum of Tourcoing, Lille, Gyeong nam Museum of Art, South Korea, and Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

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About Kim Keever

Initially, Kim Keever’s lush, large-scale photographs of moody landscapes look like they were produced by the Hudson River School painters or the French or German Romantics: sublime, vast, and timeless. Upon closer inspection, cracks in the illusionism appear, as Keever’s landscapes are actually detailed miniature scenes that he builds himself, places in a 200-gallon tank, submerges in water, and photographs. Keever is interested in the combination of artifice and naturalism in landscape painting and how this has shaped our perception of nature.

American, b. 1955, New York, New York