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    Sale 2252

    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 41

    KARL STRUSS (1886-1981)

    Cables, 1910-1912

    Price Realised  

    KARL STRUSS (1886-1981)
    Cables, 1910-1912
    platinum print
    signed, titled and annotated 'platinum' in pencil and Hollywood credit stamp (on the verso)
    13 3/8 x 10 5/8in. (33.9 x 26.9cm.)


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    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, October 13, 2000, lot 254.


    Pre-Lot Text

    This graphically sophisticated vision of New York -- with the silhouettes of tall buildings rising into a twilight sky and overlaid by a grid of cables -- marks an early manifestation of Modernism in the photographic interpretation of the city. Struss enjoyed the craft subtleties of the platinum process that one might more readily associate with the painterly romanticism of Secessionist photography, but his eye was independent and forward-looking and, as evidenced in this image, resolutely modern.


    Literature

    McCandless, Yochelson, Koszarski, New York to Hollywood, The Photography of Karl Struss, University of New Mexico Press, 1995, p. 103, fig. 39;
    Heiting, Janis, At the Still Point, Cinubia Production, 1995, pl. 279, p. 303.