Aug 9, 2021
Aug 9, 2021

Untitled (18th Street, Harlem, New York)


Untitled (18th Street, Harlem, New York)

c. 1970

Shawn Walker

(American, b. 1940)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 13.2 x 19.3 cm (5 3/16 x 7 5/8 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.6 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.); Mounted: 35.5 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2021.139


Did you know?

Shawn Walker was born, raised, and still lives in Harlem.


This surreal scene is likely one that the artist encountered in Harlem. Do these beds, side by side beneath a bright roof-shaped triangle, represent a romantic union? A perilously exposed home with no walls or structure? Or a fragile moment of rest, love, and comfort amid a distressing urban environment? Walker’s image is balanced yet unsettling in its suggestions of vulnerability and exposure.

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