Movie Poster, New York City

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  • Provenance

    The photographer to James Agee
    By descent to Mia Agee
    LIGHT Gallery, New York
    Tennyson Schad, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    This photograph, made in 1930, combines the rigorous Modernist composition of Walker Evans’s 1920s images of New York City with his growing interest in popular culture, advertising, and mass media. The poster advertises three top movies of 1930: This Mad World (starring Basil Rathbone and Kay Johnson), True to the Navy (with Clara Bow), and the George Bancroft vehicle, Ladies Love Brutes. The negative for this image, and a variant view, is in the Walker Evans Archive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1994.253.10).

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Movie Poster, New York City

1930
Gelatin silver print.
9 1/4 x 6 1/8 in. (23.5 x 15.6 cm)
Light Gallery inventory number 'L 59' in an unidentified hand in pencil on the verso.

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$20,000 - 30,000 

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New York Auction 1 October 2019