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Copperhead Grid

Artist:
Moyra Davey (American, born Toronto, Canada, 1958)
Date:
1990
Medium:
Chromogenic prints
Dimensions:
Approx. 25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.) each
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Vital Projects Fund Inc. Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.17a–vvvv
Rights and Reproduction:
© Moyra Davey
Not on view
It was in 1990-at the height of a worldwide economic recession that also marked the end of the 1980s art bubble-that Davey began photographing the scratched, worn-away surfaces of pennies, the most devalued and lowest form of currency. Her accumulation of one hundred micro-photographic specimens is constructed around the readymade patterns of decay that countless anonymous owners have unconsciously wrought upon their surfaces; their base materiality is incisively contrasted with the most elevated of national symbols. As with all of Davey's work, there is a melancholic sense of loss that connects subject and form: like pennies, photographs are objects of exchange imprinted by contact with the world around them.
[Murray Guy Gallery, New York]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "After the Gold Rush: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection," March 22, 2011–January 2, 2012.

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