Arm and Ventilator, New YorkArtist(s)André KertészArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1937Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
7 5/8 in x 9 1/16 in (19.37 cm x 23.02 cm)Credit LineGift of Maxine and Lawrence K. SniderSubject 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.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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