Rock Which Never Moved, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Listing No: 737

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
737
Artist:
Myron Wood (1921-1999)
Title:
Rock Which Never Moved, Abiquiu, New Mexico
Date of Work:
1980
Alternate Title:
Stone
Signature:
Signed in pencil on mount at low right.
Where Produced:
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Presentation:
Unmatted

Artwork Medium

Type:
Photography
Sub Type:
B&W
Medium:
Gelatin Silver
Support:
on Photo Paper
Medium Notes:
Modern print from original negative, under supervision by Myron Wood.

Edition

Number Available:
1
Edition Notes:
Open Edition.

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
13.25 x 8 in. (Sight Size)
Outer Dimensions:
20 x 15 in.
Size Notes:
This photograph was dry mounted by the Artist's assistant on an acid-free, 4-ply board measuring 20 x 15 inches.

Artwork Surface

Surface Reflectivity:
Even - Gloss

Artwork Condition

Condition:
Excellent.

Artwork Provenance

Collection:
Andy and Beckie Reisberg
Provenance:
Acquired directly from Myron Wood in his home in Colorado Springs, CO. The Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs Colorado, now owns the complete Myron Wood Archives, including personal papers, vintage prints, negatives and all copyrights.

About this Piece

"The rock seemed to me like an animal skull, suggesting that things are not as they seem."
From "O/Keeffe At Abiquiu" Abrams, 1995.

This image appears on page 6 in the book "O'Keeffe At Abiquiu", Myron Wood photographs, Christine Taylor Patten text, Harry N. Abrams publisher, 1995.

In 1991, Myron Wood selected 1000 prints from his life work for his personal use, and the remaining collection of his prints, negatives, and papers were donated to the Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO. The note on back of mount board, by Myron's assistant, reads 'M21', indicating that this was Myron Wood's 21st selection.

The clarity and sharpness of this image is typically attributed to large format 8x10 photography, though Myron Wood utilized small format 35mm cameras throughout his career. He was provided an "experimental" film by Kodak which produced superfine grain structure and an expanded tonal range.

About the Artist

Born in Wilson, Oklahoma, Myron Wood abandoned a career as a classical pianist in 1946, attended The Progressive School of Photography in New Haven, CT for two years and then moved to Colorado Springs, CO. He spent the remaining 53 years of his life in Colorado as an independent photographer.

Known for his lyrical interpretations of the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest, diverse geographic subjects and Weston-inspired straight photography recur throughout the history of his work.


ARTIST STATEMENT

“Writers taught me how to see. Painters and photographers didn’t teach me how to see. Writers taught me how to observe. Bach taught me how to think through his music. Every time you think you know what he’s going to do next, he does something brilliant and unbelievable. It’s a constant working on a theme, which he expands and uses. Pure genius. I learned about design from painters, musicians and writers.

So, I became a photographer after an early life as a musician and found to my surprise that I hadn’t wasted a minute. The same words are used – tone, line, ensemble, balance – and all the things I thought about and used in music were, across the board, related to photography. I also discovered becoming well equipped in a number of art forms is very important. It allows you to more easily move in your own art form.” Myron Wood, 1993

from an interview with Journeys Magazine, Colorado Springs, CO, Fall 1993

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