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Minor White, Design, 1939, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects, public domain, L42.2.6

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Title

Design

Artist

Minor White (American, 1908-1976)

Date

1939

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 13 1/2 in x 10 3/8 in; sheet: 13 1/2 in x 10 3/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

title: Design, graphite, lower left

signature: Minor White, graphite, lower right

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects

Accession Number

L42.2.6

Copyright

public domain

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

Works Progress Administration Artworks

Description

White's title for this photograph—Design—foreshadows his later abstract work. Rather than create a descriptive image of machinery and metal, the artist moves close to his subject to explore the shapes, highlights, and shadows.

History
Exhibitions

2012 70 Years/70 Photographs Portland Art Museum

2017 In the Beginning: Minor White's Oregon Photographs, Phase 1 Portland Art Museum

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