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Tom Friedman (American, born St. Louis, Missouri, 1965)
Chromogenic print
Frame: 63.5 x 118.7 cm (25 x 46 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 1999
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© Tom Friedman
Not on view
Friedman is known for his ingenious transformations of everyday materials, such as toothpicks, pasta, and chewing gum, into sculpture. In one now-classic work, he carved his self-portrait in an aspirin, poking fun at, yet nevertheless honoring, the traditions of marble carving and miniature portraiture. In this photograph, he depicts himself as a human barcode by taking a thin vertical slice from a full-length photographic self-portrait then stretching it horizontally with the aid of a computer to create a virtually abstract image composed of bands of color.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in blue ink on white label affixed to verso, C: "Friedman // ½"; Dealers' labels affixed to verso, C: 1) "TOM FRIEDMAN // Untitled // 1998 // lambda print, edition #1 of 4 // 24.25 x 26" // Feature Inc // 76 Grand Street // NY NY 10012 USA // 212 941-7077"; 2) "ROBERT MILLER GALLERY // 41 EAST 57TH STREET NEW YORK 10022 // Tom Friedman // UNTITLED // 1998 // Framed Lambda Print // 24 ¼ x 46 inches // 61.6 x 116.8 cm // ¼ // RMG#Fr9904.030-C"
Feature Gallery; Robert Miller Gallery

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Photographs from the Collection V," June 4, 2002–December 29, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Surface Tension," September 15, 2009–March 15, 2010.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "After Photoshop," September 25, 2012–May 27, 2013.

Goodyear, Anne Collins, Jonathan Frederick Walz, and Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo. This is a Portrait if I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today. Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2016. no. 60, pp. 226–227.

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