About This Artwork

James Van Der Zee
American, 1886–1983

Do Tell, 1930

Hand tinted gelatin silver print
24.4 x 19.3 cm (image); 25.2 x 20.1 cm (paper)
Inscribed recto, lower right, in yellow and pink pencil: "NYC VANDERZEE / 1930"; inscribed verso, upper center, in graphite: "TITLE, DO TELL..., 1930 / PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMES VANDERZEE / COPYRIGHT © BY DONNA MUSSENDEN VANDERZEE / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / VINTAGE PRINT / CERTIFIED: Donna Mussenden VDZ / REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED WITHOUT / WRITTEN PERMISSION"; stamped verso, center, in purple ink: "G. G. G. PHOTO STUDIO, Inc. / 2065-7th AVE., N.Y.C." verso, center, upside-down, in purple ink: "G. G. G. PHOTO STUDIO, Inc. / 2065-7th AVE., N.Y.C." inscribed verso, lower center, in graphite: "PF 32928"; verso, lower right, in graphite: "TR 675-2000"

The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund, 2002.99

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "New to View: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, " February 8–October 19, 2003. (Elizabeth Siegel) (Galleries 3 and 4).

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "The James VanDerZee Studio," January 24–April 25, 2004. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Westerbeck, Colin. 2004. "The James VanDerZee Studio." Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago. cover and p. 32.

Witkovsky, Matthew S. and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. 2012. “Dawoud Bey: Harlem U.S.A.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press. p. 16, fig. 2.




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