Blastfurnaces, Heads, Frontal Views

A work made of gelatin silver prints (12).

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  • A work made of gelatin silver prints (12).

Date:

1985

Artist:

Bernd Becher (German, 1931–2007) and
Hilla Becher (German, born 1934)

About this artwork

Bernd and Hilla Becher collaboratively photographed industrial structures throughout Europe and the United States in the mid-1950s, including cooling and water towers, grain elevators, framework houses, and blast furnaces. They adopted a consistent viewpoint that facilitated comparative analysis and, beginning around 1970, began calling their depersonalized collections of architectural forms "anonymous sculptures." Grouped according to type or function, these typologies are presented in grids or sequences that prompt attention to shared motifs and structural principles. Although the Bechers were greatly influenced by Minimal and Conceptual Art, their approach also has historical roots. As Hilla Becher explained, "Our idea of showing the material has much more to do with the 19th century, with the encyclopedic approach used in botany or zoology, where plants of the same variety or animals of the same species are compared with one another on the individual pages of the lexicon."

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Photography

Artist

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Title

Blastfurnaces, Heads, Frontal Views

Origin

Germany

Date

1985

Medium

Gelatin silver prints (12)

Dimensions

40.2 x 31 cm (image); 51.5 x 41.2 cm (frame)

Credit Line

Gift of Boardroom, Inc.

Reference Number

1992.740a-l

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