Bare Rug

Mariah Robertson’s (2007). Photo: Image courtesy of the artist and Guild & Greyshkul, New York.

Mariah Robertson's delightfully vintage-seeming shots, such as the above Nude With Afghani Export Rug, part of Robertson's solo show opening at Guild & Greyshkul next weekend, are often the results of Robertson's engagement with antiquated (if not altogether abandoned) photographic techniques. In this heavily solarized image, Robertson brings us a bare male ass, and a rug decked with AK-47s, helicopters, and tanks in what we sincerely hope is not a child's room. —Rachel Wolff