(American, b. 1948)
Image: 33 x 48.3 cm (13 x 19 in.); Paper: 43.2 x 55.9 cm (17 x 22 in.)
Gift of the Artist 2022.32
This close-up view of a torso from the turn of the first century AD reads as a human form yet also suggests a modern, abstract planar sculpture.
Seeing the dramatic play of highlights and shadows on this marble torso on view in the galleries of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, it is hard to believe that Larry Merrill made this image with whatever illumination he found in the gallery. Merrill makes these pictures as a regular visitor to the museum, so does not have the opportunity to set up extra lights, nor is he allowed to use flash.
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