Abelardo Morell (Cuban/American, b. 1948)
Camera Obscura Image of Windows in Gallery With Two Paintings, Whitney Museum. Signed "ABELARDO MORELL" in black ink l.l., numbered "1/15" in black ink l.c., titled and dated "...2003" in black ink l.r. Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminum, image size 31 3/4 x 40 1/8 in. (80.7 x 102.0 cm), matted, framed.
Condition: Subtle mounting bubble or similar in u.r. corner of painting on the left.
Provenance: Collection of Bernard Toale and Joseph Zina, Boston, Massachusetts.
N.B. Photographer Abelardo Morell is noted for his series of works made using camera obscura techniques. He describes the process in this way: "In setting up a room…, I cover all windows with black plastic in order to achieve total darkness. Then, I cut a small hole in the material I use to cover the windows. This opening allows an inverted image of the view outside to flood onto the back walls of the room. Typically then I focused my large-format camera on the incoming image on the wall then make a camera exposure on film… One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside." 
Sheet measures 36 5/8 x 44 3/4 in. (93.0 x 113.6 cm). No inscriptions or marks on mount verso. Glazed with Plexiglass. Frame measures 41 1/2 x 49 1/2 in. No additional issues to report.
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