Gardner exhibit explores photomontages

“Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture,” which runs through Sept. 2 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, is a relatively small show. It consists of some 50 discrete items — photographs, architectural renderings, books, drawings, works in mixed media — and a video display on a pair of flat-screen televisions. The display features renderings of multiple projects from leading international landscape firms, such as Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and James Corner Field Operations.

The televisions rest on oversize wooden easels, a witty touch that Mrs. Gardner would likely have approved of. She surely would have approved of the somewhat incongruous inclusion of a travel album of hers from an 1883 journey to Southeast Asia.

Relative smallness of scale does not mean smallness of scope, relative or otherwise. The ostensible subject of

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