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Review: Miles Coolidge digs for meaning
Review: Miles Coolidge digs for meaning

The rich coal deposits at Bergwerk Prosper-Haniel mines in Germany’s Ruhr Valley are what lurk beneath the industrial towers shown in many of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s classic Minimalist photographs from the late 1960s and '70s. For his most recent series of photographs, Miles Coolidge went down into those mine shafts. Four large, luxurious inkjet prints of the coal seams are at Acme Gallery. At first the images are difficult to make out, the sooty blackness yielding a velvety surface flecked with spots of white. As the coal seam slowly comes into view, with its fractured layers of carbonized vegetable matter transformed by intense pressure into potentially combustible...