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TO MAY 3
Had the Ewing Gallery not mounted an exhibition of Bruce Barnbaum’s large-scale, finely detailed black-and-white landscape photographs last month, then the exhibition of large-scale, finely detailed black-and-white landscape photographs of Carl Austin Hyatt that has replaced Barnbaum’s on Ewing’s walls (Dawn at Odionre Point, New Hampshire is pictured) might have seemed more impressive. Fortunately, the Portsmouth, N.H.-based Hyatt doesn’t just do landscape: His nudes, of which there are more than a dozen, pack the most punch. The stills, all platinum contact prints, were produced in retro tones that recall work done by Alfred Stieglitz decades ago. But Hyatt’s photographs play concertedlyand gainfullywith fractured geometries: N.115 #4, 1999 situates a nude torso and a resting hand in the near distance, with a hazy, moodily lit sky looming in the background. N.114 #5, 1998 repeats the resting-hand motif in an image that mirrors some of the Wegmans currently at David Adamson Gallery. And a pair of imagesN.2, 1991 and N.71 #6, 1994feature so many decontextualized body parts, often intertwined, that they make pleasingly cubist puzzles. The exhibition is on view from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and by appointment, to Saturday, May 3, at Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 328-0955. (Louis Jacobson)