Idelle Weber Untitled c. 1968–70

  • Not on view

When Weber first arrived in New York from California in the late 1950s, she was struck by the glass-and-steel skyscrapers then beginning to define the skyline. “I was amazed,” the artist said of the view into these buildings, “because they had fluorescent lights, and men in business suits, but you saw only the silhouettes of these people.” These flattened, faceless figures became an enduring subject of Weber’s work. Focusing on everyday rituals and recognizable types, Weber captured, as one contemporary critic noted, “the attitudes and postures of 20th century man.” Nearly four decades later, her trenchant vision became the basis for the opening credits of the TV series Mad Men.

Gallery label from "Collection 1940s—1970s", 2019
Medium
Multiple of screenprint on acrylic cube
Dimensions
overall (each): 4 × 4 × 4" (10.2 × 10.2 × 10.2 cm)
Publisher
unpublished
Fabricator
unknown
Edition
100 announced, approx. 28 produced
Credit
John B. Turner Fund
Object number
387.2018.x1-x3
Department
Drawings and Prints

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