Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
Gelatin silver print
18.9 x 24.0 cm (7 7/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Not on view
In the late 1920s Stieglitz photographed New York from his apartment on the thirtieth floor of the new Shelton Hotel, and from his seventeenth-floor gallery, An American Place, at 53rd Street and Madison Avenue. Although he had been photographing the city since the 1890s, these new spaces provided him with his first opportunity to photograph from such heights on a regular basis. Like his extensive Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe and his Equivalents, Stieglitz also conceived his late city views as a serial project; he produced ninety cityscapes between 1927 and 1937, when he gave up photography. In contrast to his earlier views of New York, which were inspired by a painterly European aesthetic, the pictures from this new series are hard-edged and virtually unpopulated. Like the gallery from which they were made, which promoted Americanness in art, these photographs of the quintessential modern American city exemplified a pure American aesthetic.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on 2nd mount, verso UC, upside down: "15"
Art Gallery of New South Wales. "Alfred Stieglitz: The Lake George Years," June 10, 2010–August 15, 2010.
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set. Vol. 2. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2002. no. 1381.
Annear, Judy. Alfred Stieglitz: The Lake George Years. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2010. p. 61.
See variant, [same set of buildings]: Aperture 8:1, 1960, p.40.