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Barbara Morgan
'LETTER TO THE WORLD - (KICK)'
Stima
25.00035.000
Lotto. Venduto 25,000 USD (Prezzo di aggiudicazione con commissione d'acquisto)
VAI AL LOTTO
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Barbara Morgan
'LETTER TO THE WORLD - (KICK)'
Stima
25.00035.000
Lotto. Venduto 25,000 USD (Prezzo di aggiudicazione con commissione d'acquisto)
VAI AL LOTTO

Details & Cataloguing

The Modern Image: Photographs from an Important American Collection

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Barbara Morgan
1900-1992
'LETTER TO THE WORLD - (KICK)'
flush-mounted to Masonite, with the photographer's '120 High Point Road, Scarsdale, N. Y., 10583' studio label, signed, titled, and dated in ink, on the reverse, framed, a Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition label on the reverse, 1940
9 5/8  by 13 1/8  in. (24.4 by 33.3 cm.)
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Provenienza(e)

The photographer to a private collector, late 1980s

 Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Irving Galleries, Palm Beach, 2000

 

Esposizione

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000, April - August 1999

Bibliografia

Barbara Morgan (Aperture, 1964), unpaginated

Barbara Morgan (Aperture, 1999), cover

Curtis L. Carter and William C. Agee, Barbara Morgan: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors & Photographs (Marquette University, 1988), pl. 71

Nota a catalogo

The photograph offered here is an early print of what is arguably the most famous dance image of the twentieth century.   Martha Graham’s ballet, Letter to the World, premiered at Bennington College in 1940; it took its title from an Emily Dickinson poem which begins, ‘This is my letter to the World/ That never wrote to me.’  Barbara Morgan photographed the dancers in her studio, as they executed selected movements that Morgan called ‘instants of combustion.’  In its perfection of lighting, its deft capture of the floating costume, and its evocation of Graham’s arrested, fluid motion, the photograph is synonymous not only with Letter to the World, but also with the world of modern dance.

The Modern Image: Photographs from an Important American Collection

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New York