Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Sizing a Suit]

ca. 1955
Gelatin silver print
26.8 x 31.6 cm. (10 9/16 x 12 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996
Accession Number:
Not on view
By means of mirrors at the sides and overhead, a man's measurements are taken all at once on the "Yonkler Posture and Size Graph" by a tailor visible at the right edge of the photograph. This picture was surely made to illustrate the workings of the contraption, but it harks back to drawings, such as Leonardo's, concerned with the proportions of the ideal man. In this efficient, inhuman, "advanced" vision of the mid-twentieth century, however, man is no longer the measure of all things. Instead, he has become the inglorious sum of his measurements.
Charles Isaacs

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