Arm and Ventilator, New York

Accession Number

Arm and Ventilator, New York

André Kertész

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

7 5/8 in x 9 1/16 in (19.37 cm x 23.02 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Maxine and Lawrence K. Snider

Subject matter
In this enigmatic photograph, André Kertész depicts a man's arm reaching through the circular partition of a ventilator fan. The arm's owner is barely visible, leaving his appendage, pinned between the blades of the fan, as the central axis of a bizarre still life. Kertész encountered this strange sight at a drugstore on Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street in Greenwich Village, New York, and cropped the image to heighten its mystery and latent violence.

Physical Description
This image represents a wooden planked wall with a circular metal fan cut into it. A man's arm reaches out from the opposite side of the wall through the fan (that is not turning). His sleeve is rolled up past his elbow.

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Collection Area

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arms (animal components)
fixed fans
still lifes

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