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Stairs, Mexico City

Artist:
Tina Modotti (Italian, 1896–1942)
Date:
1924–26
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
18.4 x 23.9 cm (7 1/4 x 9 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.43
Not on view
From 1923 to 1926 Modotti and Edward Weston lived and worked together in Mexico City, operating a portrait studio to support their artistic endeavors. This brief period was characterized by an intensity of formal and technical exploration, as both sought to distill poetic essence from abstracted or fragmentary glimpses of the everyday. Here the well-trodden planks of a humble staircase inspired a modernist investigation of line and tone. By 1926 their collaboration had run its course, and Modotti began to explore social and political themes motivated by her involvement in the Communist Party.
Inscription: Signed [?] and inscribed on print, verso UL: "Foto de Tina Modotti"; inscribed on print, verso UR: "9.F.L."; inscribed on paper label attached to print, verso UR: "CAT // 133"; inscribed on print, verso LC: "a 16 cts [layout arrows to left and right edges]"; stamped in ink and inscribed on print, verso CR [sideways]: "N·m de Registro..... // N·m de la Orden Fot-70 [number inscribed]";
[Edwynn Houk to Waddell, March 25, 1985]; John C. Waddell, New York

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.

Barbican Centre. "Tina Modotti and Edward Weston," April 29, 2004–August 1, 2004.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 65".

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. 114.

Lowe, Sarah M. Tina Modotti & Edward Weston: The Mexico Years. London: Barbican Art Gallery, 2004. no. 31.



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