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[Diptych of Two Cars on a Highway with Shadow of Light Standard]

Artist:
Jan Groover (American, Plainfield, New Jersey 1943–2012 Montpon-Ménestérol, France)
Date:
1973
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
8 x 11 cm (3 1/8 x 4 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joyce F. Menschel and Anonymous Gifts, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.61
Not on view
This unique diptych is an outtake from Groover’s 1973 artist’s book titled The Attributes of Positions: Semantics of the Highway. Trained as a painter, Groover took lessons from then recent Minimal and Conceptual art to bear on her first photographs. As opposed to the often deliberately clumsy and "deskilled" compositions by artists such as Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari, this work delivers a formal and geometric exactitude familiar from Minimalism that is all the more impressive considering the contingencies of Groover’s precarious roadside setup.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in pencil on print, recto BLC: "A30 Jan Groover 1/1 1973"
The artist; [Janet Borden Gallery, New York]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 52".

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetics of Place: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection," December 12, 2016–May 29, 2017.

This work is related to others published in the 1973 pamphlet, Jan Groover, The Attributes of Positions: Semantics of the Highway", published by "s and m."
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