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Cemetery Gates

Accession Number
1983/1.295.12

Title
Cemetery Gates

Artist(s)
George A. Tice

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1965; printed 1971

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
14 1/8 in x 11 in (35.88 cm x 27.94 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 3/8 in (49.05 cm x 36.51 cm);4 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in (11.43 cm x 11.43 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection

Subject matter
The final print in George Tice's "Bodie" portfolio, named for the former gold town in eastern California, emphasizes finality in emphatic fashion. The image features the gates of Bodie's cemetery—graves feature in other images from this portfolio—backlit and cast in deep shadow. The gates are rendered even more intimidating by depicting them from below and setting them against a spectacular, moody sky that takes up the upper two-thirds of the image. By heightening strong contrasts between the light of the sun and the dark clouds that veil it, Tice presents the sky as quasi-apocalyptic and foreboding, a dramatic ending to his survey of the ghost town of Bodie.

Physical Description
A photograph of a pair of gates set against a cloudy sky.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
cemeteries
clouds
fences
gates
ghost towns
gold towns
graveyard
graveyards
modern and contemporary art
weather and related phenomena

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