Exhibitions/ Art Object

Foxtrot

Artist:
Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, St. Petersburg 1891–1956 Moscow)
Date:
1935
Medium:
Gelatin silver print with applied color
Dimensions:
Image: 20.6 x 14.3 cm (8 1/8 x 5 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.150
Not on view
Between 1926 and 1932, in addition to his activities as a photographer, poster artist, and teacher, Rodchenko designed costumes and sets for both the theater and the cinema. This photograph is one of three prints that relate to his design commission for Leonid Obolenskii's film "Albidum" (1928). It was probably printed from a projection copy, or film positive, rather than from the original film negative, and its values are reversed, producing a negative print. The graphic impact of the reversal charges the dancers with a pulsing energy and allowed Rodchenko to apply color to the costumes which he had designed. The iridescent aura, in effect, returns the dynamic dance to "living color."
"Foxtrot" was most likely printed in 1935 for the exhibition "Masters of Soviet Photography," which included Rumba, another negative print of dancers from "Albidum."

[JLR; Waking Dream, pp. 356-357]
Inscription: Inscribed, recto, lower right: "P.1935"; inscribed in pencil, verso: "Fokstrot"; collection stamp of Rodchenko and Stepanova, mount, verso
(sold, Christie's, London, Oct. 29, 1992, sale 4832, lot 124); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

Related Objects

Pine Trees in Pushkin Park

Artist: Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, St. Petersburg 1891–1956 Moscow) Date: 1927 Medium: Gelatin silver print Accession: 1987.1100.5 On view in:Not on view

Vladimir Mayakovsky

Artist: Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, St. Petersburg 1891–1956 Moscow) Date: 1924 Medium: Gelatin silver print Accession: 1987.1100.145 On view in:Not on view

Asphalting a Street in Moscow

Artist: Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, St. Petersburg 1891–1956 Moscow) Date: 1929 Medium: Gelatin silver print Accession: 2005.100.148 On view in:Not on view

Morning Wash

Artist: Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, St. Petersburg 1891–1956 Moscow) Date: 1932 Medium: Gelatin silver print Accession: 2005.100.149 On view in:Not on view

[Student on a Roof Ledge, Moscow]

Artist: Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, St. Petersburg 1891–1956 Moscow) Date: 1932 Medium: Gelatin silver print Accession: 2005.100.307 On view in:Not on view