Lyle Rexer, professor at the School of Visual Arts and author of The Edge of Vision:
The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009), discusses the Helsinki School’s contribution to the expanded field of contemporary photography.
About Lyle Rexer
Lyle Rexer (b. 1951) was educated at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and Merton College, Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes (2002); Jonathan Lerman: The Drawings of an Artist with Autism (2002); How to Look at Outsider Art (2005); and The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009). In addition to his book projects, Rexer has published many catalogue essays dealing with contemporary artists and collections and contributes articles on art, architecture, photography, and culture to a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Aperture, Metropolis, Parkett, Tate, and Raw Vision, among others.
As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including Fernando Cánovas, a retrospective of the Argentine painter held at the Insitiut Valencia d’Art Modern (2007). For the Aperture Foundation he curated The Edge of Vision, an exhibition of contemporary abstract photography, which is traveling through 2013. Rexer teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a columnist