Embrace

A work made of gelatin silver print; edition 2/15.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print; edition 2/15.

Date:

September 22, 1984, printed October 2014

Artist:

Ken Schles
American, born 1960

About this artwork

In the 1980s Ken Schles was living in an abandoned tenement in New York’s East Village, documenting his life in the underground art and club scene. The images he made of the neighborhood’s architecture and denizens reveal a gritty, raw, and mesmerizing existence during a turbulent time. In 1988 Schles published the images in Invisible City, a book that soon became a cult classic. The grainy, often blurred photographs rich with deep blacks suggest impressions rather than facts, as in this embrace born of tenderness or desperation.

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Photography

Artist

Ken Schles

Title

Embrace

Origin

American

Date

1984

Medium

Gelatin silver print; edition 2/15

Dimensions

48.4 × 33.0 cm (image); 50.8 × 40.6 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph and Nancy Segall

Reference Number

2017.469

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