About this artwork
Abelardo Morell has long been interested in what he calls “symbolic paper”: maps, money, and books, among other forms. Like photographs, maps employ conventions to represent spatial information. In his pictures of maps, Morell often gives these two-dimensional diagrams their own topography, transforming the plans into something akin to what they represent. As he has explained, “It’s important to me to have what I photograph undergo a certain transformation—to become a thing different from what we are used to, to be another version of itself.”
Currently Off View
- Abelardo Morell
- Map of North America
- United States
- Made 1996
- Gelatin silver print
- Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, lower left, in graphite: "ABELARDO MORELL"; verso, lower right, in graphite: "MAP OF NORTH AMERICA, 1996 / #18/30"
- 46 × 57 cm (image); 51 × 61 cm (paper)
- Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund
- © Abelardo Morell, courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.