This work is not currently on view.
photographs on linen, hand colored and machine stitched, housed in hinged wooden box with velvet covers
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
each image: 10 1/16 in x 7 15/16 in
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- Credit Line
Gift of the Artist
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© Bea Nettles
In 1970, the same year that Bea Nettles was denied access to her graduate school’s darkroom because of her unorthodox approach to photography, the artist’s double self-portrait was chosen for inclusion in the landmark Photography into Sculpture exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The young Nettles’s machine-stitched and toned, boxed images represented a new experimental thread that gained credibility during the late 1960s, as traditional concepts of the photographic image were challenged. No longer relegated to the gallery wall, photography moved to the pedestal and the floor, functioning as three-dimensional sculpture that explored and exploited new technologies. The double-portrait on display here is the only existing variant of the MoMA piece.