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Collection Online as of June 22, 2024

A Devastated Gun Tower near Quang Tri, Vietnam

A Devastated Gun Tower near Quang Tri, Vietnam

1984
(American, b. 1953)
Image: 49 x 59.5 cm (19 5/16 x 23 7/16 in.); Paper: 49.2 x 60.3 cm (19 3/8 x 23 3/4 in.); Matted: 71.1 x 81.3 cm (28 x 32 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

Between 1979 and 1988, Leo Rubinfien, an American who lived in Japan during his youth, created a body of color photographs that resulted from his extensive travels in Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines. With a sensitive and inquisitive eye, he recorded the ways that these deeply traditional Asian cultures were adapting to a global economy. Firmly rooted in the documentary tradition, this striking image suggests Vietnam's recent history. The bomb-scarred foreground and partially destroyed gun tower serve as reminders of political struggle, poignantly contrasted with the surrounding, richly fertile farmland.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E Hinson. Catalogue of Photography. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1996. Reproduced: P. 309
  • Human Intervention: Contemporary Landscape Photography. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (May 26-October 10, 2001).
    Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; May 26-October 10, 2001. Human Intervention: Contemporary Landscape Photography.
    CMA, November 20,1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art."
    Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 24, 1996-February 2, 1997).
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