Improvisations of New York
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.
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)
Sheet (backing paper): 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (27.3 x 19.1 cm) (show scale)
Signed in ink, lower left, on mount: "A. WALKOWITZ 1914"
Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden
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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)
overall, 1996.157.31_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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