Photography: The Case for Clutter

Lee Friedlander loves the sheer multitudinousness of the world. A vivid show makes it hard to disagree

The big, cartwheeling Lee Friedlander retrospective that settles into the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City this week arrives just days after the very popular Diane Arbus retrospective completed its New York run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Friedlander comes, Arbus goes. You imagine them saluting each other with whistle blasts like ships passing at sea. That's in part because their shows are the latest development in a process that began in 1967, when they were both introduced to a wider public in a pivotal MOMA exhibition that was entirely devoted to them and a third relative...

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