Exhibitions/ Art Object

Tank No. 1

Artist:
Tina Modotti (Italian, 1896–1942)
Date:
1927
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
24.3 x 19.3 cm (9 9/16 x 7 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.198
Not on view
An important figure in the group of writers and artists that converged in Mexico City in the 1920s, Modotti fused photographic modernism—developed in part through her study with Edward Weston—with a deep social vision. This photograph is one of several she made of labor and laborers for El Canto de los Hombres (Song of Man), a never completed book of poetry by Germán List Arzubide, a member of Mexico’s avant-garde Stridentist movement. Ascending from the dark expanse of the tank into the sliver of white sky above, the worker is dwarfed, but not subdued, by the hulking industrial forms below.
Inscription: Signed in ink on print, verso UC: "Tina Modotti"; stamped in red on print, verso LC: "Num. de Registro [dotted line]//Num - de la Otden Tot -70" [in red pencil,underlined]; inscribed in pencil on print, verso LL to LC: "reducero a 17 ds ancho [underlined with arrows to left and right side]; white paper label inscribed in felt-tip affixed to print, verso C: "CAT//134"; marked in pencil with an arrow UL to UR; marked in pencil with a line from LL to UR.
[Edwynn Houk to Waddell, March 25, 1985]; John C. Waddell, New York

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Tina Modotti," September 15, 1995–November 26, 1995.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Tina Modotti," December 17, 1995–February 25, 1996.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Tina Modotti," March 28, 1996–June 6, 1996.

Barbican Centre. "Tina Modotti and Edward Weston," April 29, 2004–August 1, 2004.

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