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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/From My Window at the Shelton, West/1931,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, https://purl.org/nga/collection/artobject/36378 (accessed July 17, 2019).

 

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Key Set Entry

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Remarks

This photograph and Key Set numbers 1390, 1391, and 1392 depict the Newsweek building at 444 Madison Avenue, which was completed in mid-1931. Based on the stage of its construction and the fact that the windows of the new Waldorf-Astoria hotel (right foreground) are still covered with tape, these photographs were made in May or June 1931. The Waldorf-Astoria officially opened on 1 October 1931. The window-washing platform on the hotel and the shifting pattern of shadows indicate that three of these photographs were made on one day in rapid succession: this photograph was first, Key Set number 1390 second, and Key Set number 1391 third. Key Set number 1392 was made some time later.

Stieglitz Collections

A corresponding print was given to the following institution(s) by Alfred Stieglitz during his lifetime, or was received or acquired from the estate:

The Art Institute of Chicago, 1949.782

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 49.55.45

Inscription

by later hand, on mount, lower left verso, in graphite: 2—B

Provenance

Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.

Bibliography
1994
Sayre, Henry M. A World of Art. New Jersey, 1994: fig. 138.
2002
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 2, cat. 1389.
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