Earlier Works

Recent Acquisitions

Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle, Switzerland — Lannan Foundation Santa Fe, NM — Parrish Art Museum Watermill, NY — New Britain Museum of American Art New Britain, CT — New Mexico Museum of Art Santa Fe, N.M., USA — Chazen Museum of Art Madison, WI — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film - Rochester, NY, USA — National Gallery of Art Washington, DC — Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany — Yale University Art Gallery New Haven, CT, USA (from the Nancy and Robinson Grover art collection)HBC Global Art Collection New York, NY, USA — New York Historical Society Museum New York, NY, USA

"Renate Aller did not set out to become a landscape photographer, but she is now among the leaders of those photographic artists who are rethinking the genre at a time of environmental and political upheaval. Her photographs are on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont through February 12, in an exhibition titled The Space Between Memory and Expectation, which is also the title of a new book from Kehrer Verlag."

Lyle Rexer, Photograph Magazine, 1 December 2022

"In March 2020, photographer Renate Aller found herself among the group of New Yorkers who decided to ride out lockdown in the city. By April, her urge to connect with others took over and she began inviting friends, one at a time, to join her on the sidewalk in Soho, all from six feet apart. Photographing each of her encounters, many of which were the first social interactions her friends had experienced since before lockdown, Aller produced a series of images that capture the anxiety and uncertainty of the early pandemic days, as well as the resilience of New Yorkers. A monument to how society adapted, the exhibition offers a cautious dose of optimism that we are far enough from the dark days of the pandemic to be able to meaningfully reflect on them, but simultaneously reserves space for losses, changes and lingering uncertainty."

Annabel Keenan, The Art Newspaper, 25 March 2022

“Soon after the term “social distancing” entered the language, the photographer Renate Aller decided to document what staying six feet apart from other people looked like. She invited friends over, one at a time, or invited herself to where they live. Either way, she stayed outside. She placed two chairs on the sidewalk in front of her building in SoHo — or theirs, when she went visiting — and put her camera across the street, setting the timer to take nine shots, with three seconds between each one.”

James Barron, The New York Times, 22 March 2022

"...The artist’s key interest is in “creating an experience for the viewer to enter a space and be embraced and held by a continuous landscape”. This can be captured by the juxtaposition of images. Indeed, each image seems to have a relationship of continuity based on details, colors and shapes with the image that precedes it. From here, we can realize Renate Aller’s need to be in control of her own narrative. Thanks to Renate Aller’s pictures, we relive a common experience with greater awareness: the landscape as a mirror of ourselves—filled with illusions, desire, and nostalgia—and as a fulfillment of our idealized self.”..."

By Angelica Cantù Rajnoldi, editor Jana Massoud, Musée Magazine, 4 February 2022

"It is not only about transience, even if the consequences of climate change are unmistakably documented in many of the photos. Rather, the images more so convey something of the strength and power, with which the continental plates push against and over one another. Last but not least, they resemble the expedition photographs of the nineteenth century, when American photographers inspired by the theory of “catastrophism” interpreted downright, mountains and deserts in their photographs as the result of tectonic battles. Renate Aller does not console us with nature when she depicts worn rock or fragmented icebergs precisely down to the last detail and presents them as primal substance rather than landscape..."

Freddy Langer, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 20 January 2022

"...chosen by Ross Bleckner, a painter known for canvases that hover between abstraction and representation, display an ethereal quality similar to his own, except in photographs rather than paint. Mr. Bleckner's "Separated by a Curtain," from 2010, is a large canvas with fuzzy concentric circles reminiscent of an iris and pupil. The three images from Renate Aller's series "Oceanscapes – One View: 1999 to Present," from 2009, are similarly spectral and evocative, with swirling masses of clouds dwarfing the slivers of sea at the bottom of the photographs..."

Martha Schwendener, New York Times on exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum "Artists choose Artists"

“…There are obvious similarities to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs and Mark Rothko’s division of space, but Aller manages to avoid being derivative with hypnotically beautiful combinations of light and texture that meld abstraction with representation in arresting yet simple compositions…”

Nord Wennerstrom, ARTFORUM, Critic’s Choice

"This German photographer's large-scale seascapes are all taken from the same location on Westhampton Beach, but they range from minimalist studies to dramatic views of storm clouds and glistening water. Richard Misrach's unabashedly gorgeous panoramic vistas of San Francisco Bay, also shot from the same spot each time, would seem to be the model here. Hiroshi Sugimoto's photos of sea and sky provide a more rigorous template, one that Aller honors but softens, primarily through her subtle use of color. There are no blazing sunsets here, only shades of blue, white, and gray – a cool, chic version of the rainbow."

Vince Aletti, The New Yorker

"The dicotyledon, which provides the title of Renate Aller’s photo exhibition at Adamson Gallery, is a kind of flowering plant whose blooms come in pairs. “Dicotyledon” is not a selection of flower pictures, but it does include several pairs: diptychs that contrast urban and rural, or human and environment. Aller is known for austere seascapes, and there are a few of those in this show. But the German-born New Yorker has started to add animals and humans (all children) to her crisply detailed, meticulously framed compositions, and sometimes arranged the images to converse with each other. In addition to the diptychs, there’s a six-panel study of sky and clouds in which two squares are pure blue — both empty and saturated. Aller captures shimmering, gem-like moments, and offering multiple views only increases the sense that she has perfect timing."

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Once in a while, we stumble upon a photo or series that leaves us in a state of wonder. German-born photographer Renate Aller’s new book Ocean | Desert (Radius Books) does just that. Though her subject matter is hardly novel, the vantage point through which she photographs these landscapes captures them in a way that is simultaneously spectacular and calming. Aller is internationationally known for her ocean photography but has also begun to photograph deserts in recent years, and most of the book’s spreads feature both terrains. She captures the similarities and contrasts between the two, and the human elements she occasionally adds reveal our relationships with these formidable landscapes."

New Republic