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Flatiron Building, New York

Artist:
Walter Gropius (German, Berlin 1883–1969 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
1928
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.4 x 17.5 cm (9 3/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.466
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
After Gropius resigned from the Bauhaus, the influential German design school he had founded and directed for almost a decade, he visited the United States. He was surprised to find that much American architecture was less modern than that of the stripped-down "machine-aesthetic" Bauhaus style. This startling photograph nevertheless reveals that Gropius found the Flatiron's prowlike profile irresistibly exciting, despite the building's old-fashioned decoration.
Inscription: Signed on print, verso UL: "Prof. Gropius";
[Egidio Marzona, Düsseldorf, Germany]; [Prakapas Gallery, Bronxville, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (March 9, 1983)

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.

Victoria and Albert Museum. "Modernism," April 6, 2006–July 23, 2006.

MARTa Herford. "Modernism," September 16, 2006–January 7, 2007.

Corcoran Gallery of Art. "Modernism," March 17, 2007–July 8, 2007.

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