Bavarian By Law is in Place
May - September 2008



Andrea Robbins and Max Becher exhibit their work internationally and are included in collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL.), Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona, Spain), Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (Paris, France), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum Kunstpalast (Dusseldorf, Germany). Their work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Blindspot, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Times, and many others. Robbins and Becher have two books available including Portraits by Maurice Berger, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher and The Transportation of Place.

Selected Solo Exhibitions include:
Portraits, Center for Arts and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore College, 2008.
Group Portraiture by AR and MB, Sonnabend Gallery, NY, 2007.
The Transportation of Place, Photographische Sammlung, Cologne, Germany, 2005.

Selected Group Exhibitions include:
Modern Archive. The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain, 2008.
Location/Dislocation, Alliance Française, New York, 2007.
New Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, 2007.

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We are a married couple who met in college in 1984. Since then we have worked individually as well as collaboratively using photography, film, video, and digital media. Also, we are teachers, until recently at The Cooper Union and Rutgers University and the University of Florida.

The primary focus of our work is, what we call, the transportation of place — situations in which one limited or isolated place strongly resembles another distant one. Everywhere, not only in the new world, such situations are accumulating and accepted as genuine locales. Traditional notions of place, in which culture and geographic location neatly coincide, are being challenged by legacies of slavery, colonialism, holocaust, immigration, tourism, and mass-communication. Whether the subject is Germany in Africa, Germans dressing as Native Americans, American towns dressed as Germany, New York in Las Vegas, New York in Cuba, or Cuba in exile, our interest tends to be a place out of place with its various causes and consequences.

Robbins/Becher 2003.