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Map of North America

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© Abelardo Morell, courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Abelardo Morell
American, born Cuba 1948

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.”


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Abelardo Morell


Map of North America


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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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"


Image: 46 × 57 cm (18 1/8 × 22 1/2 in.); Paper: 51 × 61 cm (20 1/8 × 24 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund

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© Abelardo Morell, courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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