Fluids by Allan Kaprow

Fluids by Allan Kaprow Fluids1967Modern Photography30 walls of icePhotos and archives: Allan Kaprow Archives, the Getty Research Institute One of Kaprow’s most ambitious works, ‘Fluids’ involved the recruitment of groups of local residents to build huge ice structures in various locations within Pasadena, California. The concept of collective actions resulting in the inevitable melting of … Continue reading Fluids by Allan Kaprow

Andy Warhol by Robert Mapplethorpe

Andy Warhol by Robert Mapplethorpe Andy Warhol1986Modern PhotographyGelatin Silver PrintThe Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York, USA Warhol’s bust is centered in a white halo-like circle around his head, placed within a black frame with Warhol wearing his trademark black turtleneck and blank stare. The cruciform shape recalls Mapplethorpe’s recurring Catholic motifs and the Catholic background … Continue reading Andy Warhol by Robert Mapplethorpe

Untitled by William Eggleston

Untitled by William Eggleston Untitled1960-65Modern PhotographySilver gelatin printEggleston Trust, Memphis, Tennessee, USA Eggleston’s career began at a time when black and white photography was beginning to be accepted as an art form. In this untitled shot he captures a scene in a convenience store with a boy leaning against stocked shelves next to a chilled … Continue reading Untitled by William Eggleston

Self Portrait, Head Between Hands by Claude Cahun

Self Portrait, Head Between Hands by Claude Cahun Self Portrait, Head Between Hands1920Identity Politics, PhotographyPhotographic print A striking photograph, ‘Self-Portrait, Head Between Hands’ depicts how Cahun has transitioned from their childhood and teenage female identity to the gender-neutral persona. A shaved scalp replaces the long hair effectively stripping away the social traditions of the alluring … Continue reading Self Portrait, Head Between Hands by Claude Cahun

Ken Moody and Robert Sherman by Robert Mapplethorpe

Ken Moody and Robert Sherman by Robert Mapplethorpe Ken Moody and Robert Sherman1984Modern PhotographyGelatin silver printThe Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA Mapplethorpes’s portrait depicts two of his friends, Ken Moody (a black man) and Robert Sherman (a white man). Both men face directly to the left of the frame and the directional … Continue reading Ken Moody and Robert Sherman by Robert Mapplethorpe

Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 1936 by Berenice Abbott

Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 19361936Modern PhotographyGelatin silver printCollection of Museum of the City of New York, New York, New York, USA The focus on the façade of the Exchange Court Building appears to define the space in-between the Adams Building and the North American Building. Abbot captured the narrow … Continue reading Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 1936 by Berenice Abbott

Nightview, New York by Berenice Abbott

Nightview, New York1932SurrealismGelatin silver printCollection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA In this 1932 photograph by Abbott the white lights in the buildings and headlights of cars contrast starkly with the solid structures of the buildings that dominate the city. Abbot captured New York at night as a representation of the … Continue reading Nightview, New York by Berenice Abbott

Roadsign, Route 1, Maine by Berenice Abbott

Roadsign, Route 1, Maine1954Modern PhotographyVintage gelatin silver printCollection of Syracuse University Art Collection, Syracuse, New York, USA A lone male figure walking down the middle of a two-lane highway as though he owns the road in Maine, USA. Situated in the middle ground of the picture Abbott used to clear grey light to tie the … Continue reading Roadsign, Route 1, Maine by Berenice Abbott

Self Portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe

Self Portrait1975Modern PhotographyPhotograph on paper, dry mounted on boardRobert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York, USA A young Mapplethorpe is posed shirtless against a white background for this black and white portrait, with a playful boyish smile and an arm stretched across the background wall, his body remains mostly out of frame. Self-portrait marks the transition from … Continue reading Self Portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe

Self Portrait as a Young Girl by Claude Cahun

Self Portrait as a Young Girl1914Modern PhotographyPhotographic printJersey Heritage, St Helier, Jersey One of the earliest known self-portraits by Cahun, the photograph displays an intensely, penetrating stare. The artist’s head is seemingly disembodied, suggesting an imbalance between head and body as though the head is too heavy making the body redundant. The abundant flowing hair … Continue reading Self Portrait as a Young Girl by Claude Cahun