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Legs on a Wall, New York, U.S.A., from "Recent Developments"

Accession Number
1987/1.175.6

Title
Legs on a Wall, New York, U.S.A., from "Recent Developments"

Artist(s)
Elliott Erwitt

Object Creation Date
1978

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
14 in. x 11 in. ( 35.5 cm x 27.9 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Lawrence and Carol Zicklin

Label copy
Born in Paris of Russian parents, Elliott Erwitt came to the United States and studied at the New School for Social Research. During his service in the army during World War II, Erwitt met Robert Capa, one of the founders of the Magnum Photos co-operative in New York. Capa encouraged Erwitt to join Magnum after the war, which he did in 1953.
Relishing the odd juxtaposition and humorous moment, Erwitt captures one of the incongruities offered by a large city like New York. In his Legs, a row of four-story buildings acts as a foil for a gigantic pair of inflated women’s legs draped over the façade of a building in the middle distance. The diagonal recession of the space and the rectilinear regularity of the buildings are shattered by the swelling forms of the legs and feet dangling halfway down the building.

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)

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Cityscapes
New York City
Urban life
buildings
car
legs
modern and contemporary art
streets

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