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Ralston Crawford

Third Avenue Elevated

1949

Artist

Ralston Crawford (1906-1978)

Title

Third Avenue Elevated

Date

1949

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Sheet: 10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm) Image: 9 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (24.1 × 16.5 cm)

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Robert F. Crawford

Accession number

88.52

Object Label

In addition to his Precisionist paintings of modern architectural and industrial structures, Ralston Crawford often produced photographs of these subjects. In Third Avenue Elevated, as in many of his photographs, Crawford sought to compress space and reveal the geometries of a specific site—here, the painted supports of an elevated train in New York and the endless permutations of light and shadow playing across the structure. As was his common practice, Crawford later translated the subject and composition of this photograph into a range of media, including drawing, painting, and the lithograph, Third Avenue Elevated #1 (1951). Yet he never doubted that his photographs were valid aesthetic statements in their own right.

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