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Bernd and Hilla Becher: Typologies

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At 11 Duke Street, 11 Duke Street St James', London SW1 until 27 January

The Bechers' sedulous dispassionate recording of industrial structures is well into its fourth decade, and their photographs have become very familiar, whether in galleries, museums or the handsome (and expensive) volumes which MIT Press issues sporadically. The current exhibition at 11 Duke Street serves them well. This is firstly because it suggests the breadth of their interests over the years, featuring as it does a range of building types - blast furnaces, winding towers, coal bunkers, cooling towers and grain silos (above); and secondly because the six-image groupings are very viewerfriendly , allowing typological variations to emerge while the entire array can still be kept in sight.

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