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Touch of Evil

Artist:
Miguel Rio Branco (Brazilian (born Spain), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 1946)
Date:
1994
Medium:
Silver dye bleach print
Dimensions:
Image: 118.1 x 118.1 cm (46 1/2 x 46 1/2 in.) Frame: 121.9 x 121.9 x 4.4 cm (48 x 48 x 1 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.76
Rights and Reproduction:
© Miguel Rio Branco
Not on view
Rio Branco, a photographer and experimental filmmaker, has been a correspondent for the Magnum photo agency since 1980. Best known for his lush images of contemporary Latin American life, he uses color with extraordinary sensuality and expressive refinement. The caramel tones and subdued light in this photograph of the seamy underside of a tapestry evoke the gravitas of Old Master paintings, while the title and the figure's obscured features create a potent sense of mystery, an intimation of secrets that lie just below the surface.
the artist; [D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York City]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Surface Tension," September 15, 2009–March 15, 2010.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Now You See It: Photography and Concealment," March 31, 2014–September 1, 2014.

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