Item #30299 [A Group of 5 MoMA Exhibition Photographs of African Art]. Walker Evans.
[A Group of 5 MoMA Exhibition Photographs of African Art].
[A Group of 5 MoMA Exhibition Photographs of African Art].
[A Group of 5 MoMA Exhibition Photographs of African Art].
[A Group of 5 MoMA Exhibition Photographs of African Art].
[A Group of 5 MoMA Exhibition Photographs of African Art].
[A Group of 5 MoMA Exhibition Photographs of African Art].
[A Group of 5 MoMA Exhibition Photographs of African Art].

[A Group of 5 MoMA Exhibition Photographs of African Art].

New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1935. An impressive group of 5 silver gelatin prints (four of them trimmed to 9 x 4 inches; one of them 9 x 3 in.), with hand-stamps to versos. At the age of 32, a number of years before he joined the Farm Security Administration, Walker Evans was commissioned by Alfred H. Barr Jr., the first Director of the Museum of Modern Art, to document MoMA's pioneering 1935 exhibition of African sculptures—in which these objects were presented to the public as artworks, rather than as ethnographic curiosities. For almost six weeks, Evans devoted himself to documenting the more than 600 sculptures that had been assembled for the exhibition, resulting in a set of portfolios featuring 477 silver gelatin prints. From this output, the current group includes: (1) No. 10, Head of a Mule (French Sudan); (2) No. 34, Covered Bowl with Equestrian Figure (French Sudan); (3) No. 323, Seated Figure of a Woman (Cameroon); (4) No. 361, Figure (Pahouin); and (5) No. 442, Figure of Man (Tanganyika?). The group handsomely preserved in wooden frames (10.5 x 5 in. max), with xerographic labels to versos.

Item #30299

Price: $17,500.00

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