Jun 12, 2013




Ilse Bing

(American, 1899–1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 33.9 x 26.5 cm (13 3/8 x 10 7/16 in.); Mounted: 50.7 x 40.5 cm (19 15/16 x 15 15/16 in.); Paper: 33.9 x 26.5 cm (13 3/8 x 10 7/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2012.395



Living in New York provoked a stylistic shift in Ilse Bing’s work. The city’s “clear and differentiating light, which [made her] see things in sharp detail,” inspired brighter and larger prints. Her compositions separated the forms from each other. Bing attributed these changes to a sense of isolation, which is mirrored in these self-portraits. Living in New York, she said, was like being “in a vacuum . . . looking out on the world as if from inside a space capsule.”


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