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Berenice Abbott

Artist
Isamu Noguchi, 17 Nov 1904 - 30 Dec 1988
Sitter
Berenice Abbott, 17 Jul 1898 - 9 Dec 1991
Date
1929
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Sculpture: 35 × 22.9 × 24.8cm (13 3/4 × 9 × 9 3/4")
Base: 15.2 x 15.2 x 15.2cm (6 x 6 x 6")
With Socle: 50.2 × 22.9 × 24.8cm (19 3/4 × 9 × 9 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Isamu Noguchi Foundation, Inc., New York
Object number
NPG.86.140
Exhibition Label
Born Springfield, Ohio
Berenice Abbott came east in 1918, where the avant-garde circles in New York’s East Village introduced her to art. In 1921 she moved to Paris, and her talents as a photographer emerged. Moreover, she championed Eugène Atget, a photographer known for his haunting images of the city, and purchased his collection after his death in 1928. Atget’s influence can be seen on Abbott’s chronicling “the spirit of the metropolis” upon her return to New York City in 1929. In 1939 Abbott published her work in an important volume, Changing New York.
Nacida en Springfield, Ohio
Berenice Abbott se trasladó en 1918 a la costa este del país, donde los círculos vanguardistas del East Village neoyorquino la introdujeron al arte. En 1921 se mudó a París y allí afloró su talento para la fotografía. También se dedicó a promover al fotógrafo Eugène Atget, conocido por sus fascinantes imágenes de la ciudad, y al morir este en 1928 compró su colección. La influencia de Atget se aprecia en la crónica del “espíritu de la metrópolis” que Abbott iniciaría al regresar a New York en 1929. En 1939 publicó su obra en un importante libro titulado Changing New York.
Provenance
(James Goodman Gallery, Inc.), New York; purchased NPG 1986
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1900-1930 (re-installation 2012)
On View
NPG, South Gallery 322