Exhibitions/ Art Object

Sueño No. 1: "Articulos eléctricos para el hogar"

Artist:
Grete Stern (Argentinian, born Germany, 1904–1999)
Date:
ca. 1950
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
46.2 x 39.6 cm (18 3/16 x 15 9/16 in.) Image: 26.6 x 22.9 cm (10 1/2 x 9 in.) Frame: 63.5 x 76.2 cm (25 x 30 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 851
In 1948 the Argentine women’s magazine Idilio introduced a weekly column called “Psychoanalysis Will Help You,” which invited readers to submit their dreams for analysis. Each week, one dream was illustrated with a photomontage by Stern, a Bauhaus-trained photographer and graphic designer who fled Berlin for Buenos Aires when the Nazis came to power. Over three years, Stern created 140 photomontages for the magazine, translating the unconscious fears and desires of its predominantly female readership into clever, compelling images. Here, a masculine hand swoops in to “turn on” a lamp whose base is a tiny, elegantly dressed woman. Rarely has female objectification been so erotically and electrically charged.
Inscription: Photographer's stamp on adhesive paper label affixed to mount, verso C: "FOTOGRAFIA // GRETE STERN // COPYRIGHT"; inscribed in pencil on same label: "Sueño No 1 "Articulo electricos // para el hogar" // Serie "Sueños - Fotomontages" // Buenos Aires, ca. 1950 [date in another hand] // printed ca. 1950 [date in another hand] // Foto Grete Stern"; exhibition label affixed to mount, verso BL: "IVAM // 066"; additional markings and labels affixed to mount, see verso scan for details.
Grete Stern; Horacio Coppola (the artist's ex-husband); by descent to Coppola family; [Jorge Mara, Buenos Aires]

IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. "Sueños: Grete Stern".

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Mia Fineman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dream States: Contemporary Photographs and Video," May 16, 2016–October 30, 2016.

Priamo, Luis. Sueños: Fotomontajes de Grete Stern: Serie Completa. Valencia: IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, 1995. p. 60-61.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 184, pp. 177, 250.



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