Entrance to The Anecdotes/[Portada de Las Anécdotas]

Object Details

Title:

Entrance to The Anecdotes/[Portada de Las Anécdotas]

Artist/Maker(s):

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)

Culture:

Mexican

Date:

1940s

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

24 x 17.8 cm (9 7/16 x 7 in.)

Copyright:

© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo's image of a worn adobe wall rendered against a cloud-filled sky is both dramatic and mysterious, provoking questions about its purpose and meaning. Whom or what is this barrier protecting? What lies on the other side? A strange mast-like, wooden assemblage protrudes from behind the wall into the sky but offers no clues. The wall is a boundary to the unknown, and the viewer is denied an answer to this enigmatic juxtaposition of forms and materials.

Provenance

Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002

Exhibitions
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
  • Museo Nacional de Arte, (Mexico City), March 14 to June 2, 2002
  • Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis), November 10, 2002 to February 9, 2003