Signed, titled, dated and numbered on reverse
40 x 30 cm
Edition of 25 + 5 AP
ABOUT THE WORK
Though artist Michael Wolf has appropriated photographs from Google Street View to create this work, it nonetheless has a clear art-history precedent. Here, the picture of an embracing couple at the centre of the composition recalls Robert Doisneau’s famous photograph, Le baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville (The Kiss) of 1950, one of the most iconic photographs of 20th-century Paris. Wolf’s Paris Street View, however, which was produced in a limited edition of 25, offsets this romantic imagery with disparate Internet photos—a solitary smoker to the left and an aggressive motorist to the right.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Michael Wolf's work examines life in the layered urban landscape, addressing juxtapositions of public and private space, anonymity and individuality, history and modern development. In a diverse array of photographic projects, from street views appropriated from Google Earth, to portraits capturing the crush of the Tokyo Subway, and dizzying architectural landscapes, Wolf explores the density of city life.
Wolf died in April of 2019 in Hong Kong, the city where he lived and worked for many years. His photographs are in the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; the Brooklyn Museum; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, Kansas City; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago among others, and have been exhibited at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego (2011), Goethe Institute in Hong Kong (2010), Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2008), Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2008), and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2008), among others. Wolf was awarded First Place in the 2010 World Press Photo Award Contest in the Daily Life category, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Prix Pictet. Wolf's numerous monographs include Tokyo Compression Revisited (Peperoni Books, 2011), Real Fake Art (Peperoni Books, 2011), Tokyo Compression (Peperoni Books, 2010), Hong Kong: Inside/Outside (Peperoni Books, 2009), The Transparent City (Aperture and MoCP, 2008), Hong Kong: Front Door/Back Door, (Thames & Hudson, 2005), and Sitting in China (Steidl, 2002).
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