New York Times Review

The Flesh and the Asphalt, Both Weak
LaToya Ruby Frazier Photography at Brooklyn Museum

New York Times
Art Review

“Fifth Street Tavern and UPMC Braddock Hospital on Braddock Avenue” (2011)

Braddock, Pa., is about nine miles southeast of Pittsburgh, hugging the eastern bank of the Monongahela River. But in the photographs of LaToya Ruby Frazier, who grew up in this steel town, its coordinates are not so precise. Braddock is in the bodies of Ms. Frazier’s elder family members, who used to work at the local mills; it’s in the empty foundation of the hospital that used to serve them, before it was closed and demolished. It’s there in every picture Ms. Frazier has taken, and it’s here in her outstanding first New York solo show.

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