Art/ Collection/ Art Object

New York

Artist:
Ralph Steiner (American, Cleveland 1899–1986 Hanover, New Hampshire)
Date:
1926
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
11.9 x 5.8 cm (4 11/16 x 2 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.128
Rights and Reproduction:
© Ralph Steiner, compliments of Estate
Not on view
When Steiner took this remarkable upward view of a skyscraper and its airshaft, his radical vantage point was a novelty in America. (The abstraction and torque of the image were more characteristic of European constructivist artists, in particular László Moholy-Nagy and Alexander Rodchenko.) The print served as a postcard announcement of Steiner's first exhibition, which took place at J.B. Neumann's Fifty-seventh Street gallery in 1926.
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in pencil, verso LR: "Ralph Steiner 1926"; inscribed in pencil, verso LL: "80.10.2.12"; photographed text [of exhibition announcement], recto LC: "Photographs of New York // and other things // by // Ralph Steiner // EXHIBITED AT // J.B. NEUMANN'S PRINT ROOM. 35 WEST 57 ST. // FEBRUARY 16. MARCH 4 1926";
Ralph Steiner; [Prakapas Gallery, Bronxville, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (November 1, 1980)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 23, 1989–December 31, 1989.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 28, 1990–April 22, 1990.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 10, 1990–July 15, 1990.

High Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 5, 1991–April 28, 1991.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 8, 1991–August 4, 1991.

IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. "The New Vision, IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia," January 20, 1995–March 26, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Charles Sheeler's Contemporaries," June 3, 2003–August 17, 2003.

Hambourg, Maria Morris. The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 5.



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