"The Best General View" (2007)

"The Best General View," 2007
C-print, 84 x 70 1/4 inches
© Florian Maier-Aichen
Courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and 303 Gallery, New York

"When I look at American landscape painting from the nineteenth century I always have in mind one painting of Yosemite by Albert Bierstadt. Yosemite is already such a theatrical place—almost like a too-drastic landscape—and Bierstadt just added more to it. He turned it into a complete fantasy by getting rid of the facts and enhancing every other aspect of Yosemite."

-Florian Maier-Aichen