- domenica 16 gennaio 2011

UMBO Mysterium der Strasse

 UMBO (Otto Umbehr) (1902–1980)
Mysterium der Strasse (Mystery of the Street)
Gelatin silver print
29 x 23.5 cm (11 7/16 x 9 1/4 in.)
Credit LineFord Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number1987.1100.49
Rights and Reproduction© Galerie Rudolf Kicken, Cologne and Phyllis Umbehr, Frankfurt/M.

This photograph does not describe what Otto Umbehr saw when he looked out his window in Berlin, but what he discovered when he turned his overhead view of the street upside-down. His simple inversion (indicated by his signature "Umbo" in the lower right corner) posits an unsettling world in which the insubstantial dominates the substantial, and imagination intercepts cognition.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and MarkingsInscriptions: Signed in ink on print, recto, bottom right: "UMBO"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso, top center: "Mysterium der Strasse"; bottom right: "JL#48"; inscribed in blue pencil on print, verso, top right: "347/75"

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