R.B. KITAJ, Charles Ives [A.P.] Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1932 – 2007

  • Great Britain 1958-1998

Charles Ives [A.P.] 1975 Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph Support: paper, heavy wove
Impression: AP
Edition: no edition; 1 or 2 APs
Place Published: not published

Edition Notes: printed Ernie Donagh, London
Primary Insc: inscribed 1.1 pencil below image "Kitaj AP/ no edition"
Dimensions: comp 52.2 h x 39.4 w cm sheet 63.4 h x 52.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Kinsman(1994),
Acknowledgement: Gift of R.B. Kitaj 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.1148
Image rights: © R.B. Kitaj (courtesy Marlborough Fine Art)

The extremes of Callahan’s broad carer are in some ways marked at one end by his incredibly intimate photographs of his wife, Eleanor, and at the other by his abstracted views of skyscrapers and canyon-like streets in Detroit, Chicago and New York. Shot with his 8x10-inch view camera, Callahan’s highly formal views of the built environment often engaged dramatic points of view. These images express Callahan’s belief that photography should be neither sentimental nor journalistic: with their dramatic tonal contrasts and overwhelmed, isolated pedestrians, Callahan’s post-war city is a place of alienation and loneliness.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra