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Fork

Artist:
André Kertész (American (born Hungary), Budapest 1894–1985 New York)
Date:
1928
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
7.5 x 9.2 cm (2 15/16 x 3 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.46
Rights and Reproduction:
© The Estate of André Kertész / Higher Pictures
Not on view
When Alfred North Whitehead delivered the Lowell Lectures in 1925, he said, "There is no substitute for the direct perception of the concrete achievement of a thing in its actuality." Photographers, then and now, tend not to agree with this wisdom, because their business is the making of substitutes. For example: Kertész knew that if we set ourselves the task of looking at a fork, we would not see it with the elegance, grace, and subtlety that he did. He made this picture to give us a second chance.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed on print, verso C: "Paris // 1928 // A Kertesz"; inscribed on print, verso UC: "24/30. febr [illegible]";
[Edwynn Houk to Waddell, September 10, 1983]; John C. Waddell

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.

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. 113.



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