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4/15/23 Art, Design, Photography, Books & Jewelry

Sat, Apr 15, 2023 10:00AM EDT
Lot 282

Marvin E. Newman Shadow Series Photo from MoMA show

Estimate: $800 - $1,500

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Newman, Marvin E. (American, b.1927), Shadows and Manholes - from Shadow Series, Chicago, taken 1951, vintage gelatin silver print, printed contemporaneously, Newman's pencil signature and ink stamp on the verso, sheet 7 x 9.25 inches, floated in a white wood frame 10 x 12.25 inches. Exhibited: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) show Always The Young Strangers, Feb 26 to Apr 1, 1953, with exhibition label affixed to verso. Provenance: the artist; Bruce Silverstein Gallery; Private Collection, Western PA. Born in Brooklyn, Marvin Newman moved to Chicago in 1949 to study photography with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He developed a friendship with Yasuhiro Ishimoto and began a series of experimental works in photography and film, including the Shadow Series in which he angled his camera downward on the cast shadows anonymous pedestrians and then rotated the resulting print so that the figure looks upright. These photographs were made as part of the artist's master's thesis at Chicago's Institute of Design. Other photos from the Shadow Series are in the permanent collections of the MoMA, Met and Whitney museums, among many others. They are highly desirable and don't frequently appear at auction.


In good condition, mild planar distortion and soiling throughout, one tiny brown spot, and also a small abrasion underneath the manhole, light wear at the edges and corners. Merchandise will be packed and transported by the purchaser at their own risk and expense. A list of recommended shippers is on our website: .

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