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Third Avenue, NYC

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Third Avenue, NYC

Walker Evans

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

9 1/4 in x 13 1/2 in (23.5 cm x 34.29 cm);18 in x 22 in (45.72 cm x 55.88 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Lunn, Jr., in Honor of the Centennial of The Michigan Daily

Label copy
In this image of an antiques store window on Third Avenue, Walker Evans paid indirect homage to an artist whose work was closely akin to Evans’s—nineteenth century French photographer Eugène Atget. “I don’t like to look at too much of Atget’s work because I am too close to that in style myself,” said Evans. “I didn’t discover him until I had been going quite a while and when I did, I was quite electrified and alarmed….” The affinities with Atget’s meticulous records of the quotidian aspects of city life are clear, and in Evans’s antiques shop window, the parallels to Atget’s shop fronts are especially compelling.
Carole McNamara, Assistant Director for Collections & Exhibitions
on the occasion of the exhibition New York Observed: The Mythology of the City
(July 13 – September 22, 2003)

Subject matter
This image shows an antique store window on Third Avenue, New York City. The store-front showcase features a variety of decorative objects and furnishings, which gleam under the brilliant sunlight streaming in through the window. The interior of the store remains dark and barely visible.

Physical Description
This photograph shows a view of an antique store's front vitrine, featuring a variety of decorative objects and furnishings.

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New York City
antiques (object genre)
furnishings (artifacts)
modern and contemporary art
vitrines (cabinets)

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