Pulverizer Building, Coke Ovens - River Rouge Plant, Detroit

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Pulverizer Building, Coke Ovens - River Rouge Plant, Detroit


Charles Sheeler (American, 1883 - 1965)




River Rouge, Michigan, United States (Place created)


negative 1927; print by 1941


Gelatin silver print


23.8 × 19 cm (9 3/8 × 7 1/2 in.)


Status undetermined

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Sheeler's 1927 photographic commission to document the Ford Motor Company's River Rouge factory outside Detroit resulted in a series of photographs and paintings that cele-brate industry as a subject of beauty and pre-cision. He treated both media equally and never saw one replacing the other, for, as he explained, "the painting being the result of a composite image and the photograph being the result of a single image--prevents the media from being competitive."

Charles Sheeler: Across Media (May 7, 2006 to May 6, 2007) (21)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), May 7 to August 27, 2006
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, October 7, 2006 to January 7, 2007
  • M.H. De Young Memorial Museum (San Francisco), February 10 to May 6, 2007
Ten Years In Focus: The Artist and the Camera (March 18 to August 10, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 18 to August 10, 2008
Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art (February 12 to May 7, 2017)
  • High Museum of Art (Atlanta), February 12 to May 7, 2017