Gun 1, New York

WILLIAM KLEIN
1954, printed 1986
Gelatin silver print. Titled, signed,
and dated on the back.
45.4 × 33.3 cm on 50.3 × 40.3 cm
Provenance: Raphaël Levy, Art dealer, Zurich, Switzerland.

Upon his return home in the late 1940s after eight years abroad in the army, Klein found his native New York City familiar but strange. Commissioned by Vogue to create a photographic book about the city, Klein recorded its vibrancy and grittiness, producing an uncompromising portrait that the magazine ultimately rejected. He subsequently took his photographs to Paris and published them under the title Life is Good & Good for You in New York. For this photograph, Klein asked two boys on Upper Broadway to pose. One pointed a gun at the camera, his face erupting with rage, mimicking the stereotypical poses of criminals in our image-saturated society. – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

€ 3800.-

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