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EDMUND TESKE (1911-1996) original vintage modernist photography image mat signed
This is a vintage photograph in black and white, 4 3/4" by 6 5/8" (as mounted 20" by 13") by the noted American photographer EDMUND TESKE (1911-1996), untitled, and signed boldly in the mat at lower right. I am not a specialist in photography but I am told that this is likely a relatively early work of the artist. Teske was born in Chicago of German immigrant parentage, associating there with the New Bauhaus Institute of Design, with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. He was in New York by the mid 1930's, where he met and was influenced by Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Berenice Abbott, to whom he was an assistant for a time. By 1943, Teske found himself in Los Angeles, where he was further influenced by the likes of Man Ray and others in the active Hollywood intelligentsia of the period. The Getty Museum held an exhibition of his work in 2004. Today Teske is known for his experimental work, including solarization, duotone, montage, and composites. There is a homoerotic suggestiveness to some of his work. A hard cover book has been published, and there is much more information on the net. Condition: there is a significant 2" vertical crack at upper left, which I have tried to photograph. The paper is not separating there, and the crack is to me lost in the complex composition, but there is no denying its existence. There are a few other minor irregularities from perhaps the adhesives holding this to the paper mount, and perhaps a tiny other abrasion. Ask for further description/photos. The mount at top edge has a water stain, so if framed one would want to mat that out. .
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