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Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991)
LOT ID: 95320
Lyric Theatre, 100 Third Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, ie. circa 1936

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
10.5 х 13.5 in. (26.67 x 34.29 cm.)
Signed, on mount, and stamped by Abbott on verso.
Lot description
Printed by Abbott before 1960. Excellent condition.

Berenice Abbott's body of work encapsulates a particular era in New York. Funded by the Federal Art Project (FAP), Berenice Abott's Changing New York project relentlessly records the landscape of the rapidly expanding city, from the average butcher- and barber-shops to landmarks like the Flatiron building. She portrays a city full of contradictions, as the old was being torn down to make way for new construction. Inspired by the straightforward journalistic style of Eugène Atget, Abbott's photographs, such as "Lyric Theatre, 100 Third Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets," 1936, capture the architectural and cultural history of New York in the period between the Depression and the Second World War.
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Lyric Theatre, 100 Third Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets by Berenice Abbott
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