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Crosby Street / Spring Street, New York

Thomas Struth (German, born Geldern, 1954)

Date:
1978
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
29.5 x 40.6 cm (11 5/8 x 16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry S. Hacker, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.1053.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© Thomas Struth
  • Description

    Struth began his survey of cities in his native Düsseldorf, Germany, but it was on a scholarship to New York in 1978 that the artist found an ideal combination of conceptual order and practical chaos to hone his rigorous vision. Avoiding subjectivity through a centralized viewpoint and comparative technique, Struth catalogued with clarity and dispassion the unselfconscious structures that characterize a culture-that irreducible mélange of textures, shapes, and the scale of its streets. The results informed the older tradition of urban architectural photography exemplified by Charles Marville with the lessons of recent Minimal and Conceptual Art-the clear-eyed geometries of Sol LeWitt and a concern for social, historical, and institutional context as shown in the work of Michael Asher and Daniel Buren.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed, dated, and inscribed with title on mount, verso.

  • Provenance

    Henry S. Hacker

  • Notes

    Per Marian Goodman Gallery, June 1993, only 4 complete copies of this portfolio exist.

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