METZKER, RAY (b. 1931) [Nude Composite, 1966]. Seven mounted gelatin silver prints on raised platforms on a black card mount...
. Seven mounted gelatin silver prints on raised platforms on a black card mount, each image 3 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches (758 x 236 mm), signed recto (l.r.) and numbered 8 from the edition of 20 on the black card, overall size (including mount) 32 x 21 inches (815 x 534 mm), the Laurence Miller Galleries label present on mount verso, indicating a printing date of 1984. Only 14 examples of this composite were completed. The verso of the card mounted to a wooden armature, the whole housed in a plexiglass frame.
One of the best-known of Metzger's remarkable composite works, this is an extraordinarily elegant abstraction based on the nude form. In this work, he overlapped multiple negatives and then printed them as strips. The results were then mounted as a collage. These exceptional works, this included, were exhibited in a solo show in October 1967 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. As Arpad Kovacs of the J. Paul Getty Museum (which held a 2012-2013 retrospective on Metzker) remarks "...this work is entirely focused on the figure, with no surrounding architectural details as distraction. In fact, the background has been rendered in such a bright white tone that at first glance the figure more easily resembles a silhouette made with ink than a photograph. This piece teeters between legibility and abstraction perhaps more convincingly than his earlier works, and as a result presents an exciting moment in the history of photography."
C Private Collection, Washington DC
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