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Bridge Over Brooklyn

A work made of photogravure in black on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of photogravure in black on white wove paper.




Lothar Osterburg
German, born 1961

About this artwork

New York-based artist Lothar Osterburg’s Bridge over Brooklyn is a much more nostalgic image than Craig McPherson’s haunting mezzotint of New York City, Yankee Stadium at Night. Osterburg began by building a miniature model, which he photographed through a magnifying lens. By etching this negative onto the printing plate using the 19th-century method of photogravure, he created this highly tonal image. Despite their differing, yet equally labor-intensive and retrospective intaglio processes, Osterburg and McPherson arrive at a similar place through their shared emphasis on palpable texture, the contrast between light and shade, and the powerful darkness of the city at night.


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Lothar Osterburg


Bridge Over Brooklyn


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Photogravure in black on white wove paper


47.9 × 61.2 cm (18 7/8 × 24 1/8 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Robert Hixon Glore

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