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Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Marvin E. Newman, American, born 1927

The Excavation Site of the AT&T Building, Between 55th and 56th Streets. Looking North, with the Future I.B.M. building Under Construction Behind It, from the series Open Spaces, Temporary and Accidental

1970s

Chromogenic print

image: 101.7 × 66 cm (40 1/16 × 26 in.)
sheet: 101.7 × 66 cm (40 1/16 × 26 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.163.1
Among the earliest artistic projects supported by the Arthur Ross Foundation was the series of photographs taken by Marvin E. Newman in New York during the 1970s, forming a group called Open Spaces, Temporary and Accidental. As the title implies, the photographs record urban views that were impermanent, created when a building was demolished and/or a new one was being built, in the never-ending cycle of destruction and construction that goes on in Ross’s hometown to this day. While the Arthur Ross Collection eventually evolved to focus on prints rather than photographs, and those from an earlier era than these works, the prints he acquired later, especially the Piranesis and the Canalettos, resonate with these photographs in manifesting an abiding concern with the urban fabric.
Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Multiples
Provenance: 

Arthur Ross Foundation Collection, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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