The familiar old-school art of modelmaking and miniatures is uncannily echoed in the photography of Italian artist Olivo Barbieri, whose U.S. solo exhibition debut runs March 30-May 13 at New York's Yancey Richardson Gallery, 535 W. 22nd St. Barbieri's ongoing "Site Specific" series is "a global investigation into the nature of cities," according to the gallery, and this show includes large-scale aerial views of Rome and Las Vegas. (Barbieri has also photographed Montreal, Los Angeles, Turin and Shanghai in this manner). "Barbieri's photographs of spectacular architectural creations, both ancient and modern, explore notions of scale, idealism and ambition, and redefine our understanding of otherwise familiar urban spaces," says Yancey Richardson. Barbieri calls the series "the world as a temporary site-specific installation, and the foundation of our sense of belonging and our identity, seen from afar, as a great scale model — the city as an avatar of itself." These helicopter shots employ a large-format camera and a tilt-focus lens, which "reduces the epic to the miniature, as grand structures meant to celebrate cities and endure time appear toylike," adds the gallery. Some shots from the show are seen here. See www.yanceyrichardson.com for more.