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Rona Barrett's Hollywood

A work made of gelatin silver prints (21).
© 1973 Allen Ruppersberg.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver prints (21).

Date:

1973

Artist:

Allen Ruppersberg
American, born 1944

About this artwork

Allen Ruppersberg made around 25 photographic pieces between 1969 and 1975, when he was a pioneering instigator of Conceptual Art in Los Angeles. Ruppersberg explored text-image combinations and mimicked vernacular culture, always with a dry sense of humor and subtle intelligence. For Rona Barrett’s Hollywood, Ruppersberg took a copy of Barrett’s famous gossip magazine into a photo booth. He held the magazine up to his face, hiding all but his eyes, and let the machine snap one picture of each page (four pages per session). Viewing and reading were made into nearly equivalent operations—nearly but not quite. For it is impossible to overlook the artist’s eyes, looking back at us as we try to read, or to ignore that, with his hippie hair and attractive features, Ruppersberg could be male or female, perhaps Rona Barrett herself.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Allen Rawson Ruppersberg

Title

Rona Barrett's Hollywood

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1973

Medium

Gelatin silver prints (21)

Dimensions

Each image: 5 × 3.8 cm (2 × 1 1/2 in.); Each paper: 20 × 4 cm (7 7/8 × 1 5/8 in.); Frame: 45.4 × 190.5 × 3 cm (17 7/8 × 75 × 1 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

A gift in part from the artist and Greene Naftali, New York; through prior purchase with funds provided by of Peabody Fund

Reference Number

2014.1092

Copyright

© 1973 Allen Ruppersberg.

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