Jun 28, 2007

Ohio 4 (Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland)

Ohio 4 (Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland)


Spencer Tunick

(American, b. 1967)

Chromogenic process color print

Image: 76.2 x 95.3 cm (30 x 37 1/2 in.); Paper: 76.2 x 95.3 cm (30 x 37 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz 2005.346

Edition: AP



Since 1994, Tunick has organized over sixty-five temporary site-related installations in public places worldwide. He deftly positions nude male and female volunteers to define and expand his chosen locations, then photographs and videotapes the installations. In early 2004, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland organized an exhibition surveying Tunick's photographs in preparation for his June 26, 2004, installation in Cleveland. The shoot involved some 2,754 individuals-the largest installation in North America. For Ohio 4 (Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland), he posed just the men-all 1,387-kneeling in Voinovich Park, North Coast Harbor, at the end of East 9th Street. This outstanding image showcases Tunick's impressive creative and aesthetic talents to orchestrate and record a complex public installation. The undulating figures rhythmically define the vast urban
space while adding a haunting sense of humanity. The color photograph beautifully captures a compelling union of sculpture, performance art, and public art, with Cleveland Browns Stadium punctuating the bright, early morning sky in the background.

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