About this artwork
Robert Cumming has long been known for his conceptual photography, which often relies on the tension between reality and the perception of reality. Cumming’s art presents succinct, humorous reminders about what can be understood from a photograph. For example, in Two Explanations for a Small Split Pond, Cumming juxtaposes two pictures that offer different possible causes for the split pond they depict. In the first, the pond has been split down the middle by the addition of earth to the water. In the second, two distinct ponds have been created by splitting a bucket of water in half.
- Currently Off View
- Photography and Media
- Robert Cumming
- Two Explanations for a Small Split Pond
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Gelatin silver prints (2)
- Inscribed recto, on mount, lower left, below left image, in graphite: "2 EXPLANATIONS FOR A SMALL, SPLIT POND."; signed and inscribed recto, on mount, lower right, below right image, in graphite: "Cumming 1974."; inscribed verso, on mount, upper left, in graphite: "#2[?]" [partially obscured by white linen tape]; verso, on sticker affixed to mount, upper left, in black ink: "9" [obscured by white linen tape]; verso, on sticker affixed to mount, upper left, in black ink: "ab" [obscured by white linen tape]; verso, on mount, lower right, sideways, in graphite: "J42"
- Each image: 19.5 × 24.5 cm (7 11/16 × 9 11/16 in.); Each paper: 19.9 × 25 cm (7 7/8 × 9 7/8 in.); Mount: 50.8 × 76.3 cm (20 × 30 1/16 in.)
- In Chicago Portfolio Fund