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Improvisations of New York

Abraham Walkowitz

American Art

Executed at a time when Abraham Walkowitz was experimenting with modernist abstraction, Improvisations of New York captures the frenetic energy of the city through the dynamic handling of the ink. Angled and squiggled lines evoke the vertical thrust of skyscrapers soaring above the crowded street, suggested by a denser concentration of strokes at the bottom of the composition.
MEDIUM Ink on cream, thin, smooth wove paper mounted to paper.
DATES 1914
DIMENSIONS Sheet (drawing): 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. (26.7 x 18.4 cm) Sheet (backing paper): 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (27.3 x 19.1 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in ink, lower left, on mount: "A. WALKOWITZ 1914"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden
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CAPTION Abraham Walkowitz (American, born Russia, 1878-1965). Improvisations of New York, 1914. Ink on cream, thin, smooth wove paper mounted to paper., Sheet (drawing): 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. (26.7 x 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden, 1996.157.31 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.157.31_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1996.157.31_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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