Front / Recto

  • Title Untitled (Chicago)
  • Negative Date c. 1928
  • Print Date c. 1928–55
  • Medium Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions Image 2 3/16 × 3 1/16" (5.5 × 7.8 cm)
    Sheet 2 1/4 × 3 1/8" (5.7 × 8 cm)
    Mount 2 13/16 × 3 11/16" (7.1 × 9.4 cm)
  • Place Taken Chicago
  • Credit Line Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Robert and Joyce Menschel, by exchange
  • MoMA Accession Number 1744.2001

Back / Verso

  • Mount Type Mount
  • Provenance The artist, Chicago; by inheritance to the artist's family, Chicago, 1983 [1]; to Tom Jacobson, San Diego, before 1991 [2]; to Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York [3]; purchased by Thomas Walther, October 17, 1997 [4]; purchased by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001.
    [1] MacGill/Walther 2001(3), p. 11; and Alicia Colen (Howard Greenberg Gallery), e-mail to Maria Morris Hambourg, November 5, 2013.
    [2] MacGill/Walther 2001(3), p. 11; and Colen, e-mail to Hambourg.
    [3] MacGill/Walther 2001(3), p. 11; and Colen, e-mail to Hambourg.
    [4] Howard Greenberg Gallery invoice no. 97-191a, October 17, 1997; MacGill/Walther 2001(3), p. 11; and Colen, e-mail to Hambourg.

Surface

  • Surface Sheen Semireflective
  • Techniques Mount
    Contact print
  • PTM
    View of the recto of the artwork made using reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) software, which exaggerates subtle surface details and renders the features of the artwork plainly visible. Department of Conservation, MoMA
  • Micro-raking
    Raking-light close-up image, as shot. Area of detail is 6.7 x 6.7 mm. Department of Conservation, MoMA
    Raking-light close-up image, processed. Processing included removal of color, equalization of the histogram, and sharpening, all designed to enhance visual comparison. Department of Conservation, MoMA

Paper Material

  • Format Unknown
  • UV Fluorescence Recto negative
    Verso no data
  • Fiber Analysis No fiber data available
  • Material Techniques Developing-out paper
  • XRF

    This work was determined to be a gelatin silver print via X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry.

    The following elements have been positively identified in the work, through XRF readings taken from its recto and verso (or from the mount, where the verso was not accessible):

    • Recto: Al, P, S, Cl, Ca, Zn, Sr, Ag, Ba, Pb
    • Mount: Al, Si, S, K, Ca, Cr, Fe, Zn, Sr, Ba, Pb

    The graphs below show XRF spectra for three areas on the print: two of the recto—from areas of maximum and minimum image density (Dmax and Dmin)—and one of the verso or mount. The background spectrum represents the contribution of the XRF instrument itself. The first graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the lower energy range (0 to 8 keV). The second graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the higher energy range (8 to 40 keV).

    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Cr, Ag, Ba
    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Fe, Zn, Sr, Ag, Pb

In Context

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Spread from Fred Korth. The Chicago Book: Photographs by Korth. Chicago: Fred G. Korth, 1949. Left: Steel and Stone. The Merchandise Mart, the city within a city, seen from Franklin Street Bridge. Right: Just west of the Loop tower the Daily News and Civic Opera Buildings.

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