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photos at the museum day - words first
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photos at the museum day
Went to the Metropolitan Museum to see again the August Sander exhibit and possibly buy the 7 volume book set. I also wanted to take a snap shot of another Balthus painting that I didn't photo on my previous visit. On the way from Sander's photos to the Pierre Matisse collection exhibit I bumped into a room of Weimar drawings and paintings. One of the images not on the Met's web page is a painting by Groz. I tried to photo it but in the process found that the battery was low and that I had not recharged the extra. Not sure how it turned out, if it's reasonable I'll share later.

(oops, speaking of battery charge best go put it in the charger right now before I forget again.)

OK, where am I, oh yes, back to the Sander photos. I was trying to decide if I really needed to spend $100 on this big box of books. After all, I am still over $5000 in credit card debt from 1.5 years of doing nothing but being an internet voyeur, and anyway I have way more books than will fit into my apartment. There is an Aperture monograph for about 12 bucks, that would be enough...

I got my answer when, after renewing my Met membership, I noted a single volume version of Sander's "People of the 20th Century" displayed on the membership desk. They are selling it for $80. I immediately thought, shit, that's why they were selling the multi volume version so cheap, this smaller cheaper (in production values as well as price) version was coming out. I could not keep from almost running up to the photo exhibit area to see if there were any more of the full set still available. There was. It was heavy but it did fit into my back pack. The single volume version seems to have all the photos plus an extensive introductory essay, but the multi volume set is as close a possible to what Sander envisioned for his project.

There is also a book on Sander's work by novelist Alfred Doblin, but it's not translated and it seems that somewhere along the line in my life I overlooked my plan to learn German.

OK, I just spent way too much time looking for a link on Alfred Doblin. Feh. Lots, but nothing truly informative. I guess if Fassbinder had not filmed "Berlin Alexanderplatz," Doblin would be just another Weimar obscure foot note. Sorry no photos of paintings for now. Need to eat something and sleep. Want to start at least one work week not all groggy from lack of sleep.


oh, ok,

Eugene Atget. I saw a print of this in an adjunct exhibit to the Sander exhibit. The print I saw I remember as having some more detail than this one. I tried to take a snap but a guard said it was part of a special exhibit so no photos. enjoy.

some info on the photo and photographer Jean Eugene Atget

Current Mood: hungry hungry as usual
Current Music: refrig motor calling me

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From: wrayb Date: August 22nd, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Atget addendum

as i was closing all the windows from preparing my post I noticed this print in the google image search results. It iss more like what I saw at the Met today.

From: wrayb Date: August 22nd, 2004 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)


this dude (or dudette) that i got the Atget from has a nice little photo gallery on the web:


ok, it's official, i'm starving, it's past 1am. Groggy tomorrow.

zenseer From: zenseer Date: August 23rd, 2004 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you ran into a wonderful find there while there. And yes, my favorite photo is still the Pastrychef.
saintwhocares From: saintwhocares Date: August 23rd, 2004 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
very cool, I'll be checking that out
Berlin Alexanderplatz was a great book
that is my favorite era for art
the New Objectivity movement (Neue Sachlichkeit)
Otto Dix, George Grosz, Christian Schad, etc
great, great stuff
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