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klotz



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:24 pm    Post subject: Berenice Abbot auction Reply with quote

artnet Auctions is offering until August 18, 2010 a group of 20 photographs by Berenice Abbott from 1927-1948. These works include important images from her Changing New York project of 1935-1939, her masterpiece Night View, as well as portraits from her years in Paris and also later in New York.

http://graflex.org/news/2010/08/berenice-abbot-artnet/
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tsgrimm



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information. Looks too rich for my checkbook though.
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bruiser



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Her work was (and still is) wonderful. View camera use at its finest and the 'Exchange Place' image is not only a great crop but an indication that the lens designers art hasn't really advanced that much. Sure we have more speed in some designs now but that straightness of line is classic.

However, priced a little beyond my means too!

Cheers,
Bruce
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was a doorman at the Lyric Theater when I was in high school, but not the one pictured.
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Henry



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the Dover Publications reprint of Abbott's "New York in the Thirties" still in print? I've owned my copy for years, and look at it often. (Interesting to see the same two or three male models turn up in those photos---she wasn't above "arranging" things for artistic effect!)

We had a Lyric Theater, vintage 1900, here in Allentown. Today it's Symphony Hall and owned by the Allentown Symphony Association. The architect was one of the McElfatrick clan, well-known New York theater architects in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. As the Lyric it was home to probably the last gasp (pun intended) of the burley-cue circuit in the East; that all ended in the 1970s, IIRC.
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