The Good Reputation 1, 2, 3 / [La Buena Fama Durmiendo 1, 2, 3] / La buena fama para portada (The Good Reputation for Cover)

Object Details

Title:

The Good Reputation 1, 2, 3 / [La Buena Fama Durmiendo 1, 2, 3] / La buena fama para portada (The Good Reputation for Cover)

Artist/Maker(s):

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)

Culture:

Mexican

Date:

1938

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

8.8 x 19 cm (3 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Copyright:

© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Visually inspired by the bandages that dancers use to wrap their legs before practicing, Manuel Alvarez Bravo wrapped his model's wrists, thighs, hips, and feet with dressings supplied by a physician friend. Juxtaposing her tender flesh and serene slumber with thorny cactus pears from the local market, Alvarez Bravo photographed the model, Alicia, on the roof of the national arts school where he taught. He created this triptych, or series of three images, for the cover of an exhibition catalogue for a Surrealist exhibition that André Breton organized in Mexico City in 1939, using the multiple format for emphasis. Predictably, the prominent display of pubic hair standing out against the bandages drove censors to declare the work unacceptable for the cover.

Exhibitions
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Recuerdo de unos años (September 22 to December 6, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), September 22 to December 6, 1992, (Cat.)
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995, (Cat.)
Capturing Time: A Celebration of Photographs (December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998, (Cat.)
World Without End (December 1, 2000 to February 25, 2001)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Sydney), December 1, 2000 to February 21, 2001, (Cat.)
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables (November 13, 2001 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 17, 2002, (Cat.)
  • Museo Nacional de Arte, (Mexico City), March 14 to June 2, 2002, (Cat.)
  • Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis), November 10, 2002 to February 9, 2003, (Cat.)
Bibliography

Tejada, Roberto & Gee Conway, Mikka. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum) fig. 6.

Trueblood, Beatrice. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Photographies 1928-1968, exh. cat. (Mexico City: Comité Organizador de los Juegos de la XIX Olimpiada, Departamento de Publicaciones, 1968) p. 90.

Pasadena Art Museum and Fred R. Parker. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Pasadena, Calif: Pasadena Art Museum, 1971) p. 44.

Roche, Denis. Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Paris: Photogalerie, 1976?) pl. IX.

Livingston, Jane. M Alvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Boston, Mass.: D. R. Godine; Washington, D.C.: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1978) pl. 71.

Paz, Octavio and A. Muñoz, ed. Instante y Revelación (México: Circulo Editorial, 1982)

Salas Pablo Ruíz Picasso. Manuel Álvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Archivos, 1985) pl. 111.

Musée de Arte Moderne. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: 303 Photographies, 1920-1986 (Paris: Paris-musées; Paris audiovisuel, 1986) pl. 71.

Del Conde, Teresa. Mucho Sol (México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1989) pl. 35.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Recuerdo de Unos Años, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992) fig. 2.