119_1 119_2Gelatin silver print, 10 5/8 x 15 ¾- inch image on 17 ½ x 17 ½- inch sheet.  Signed in pencil on verso with “Pittsfield, Mass 1975″ and “1627 5/12.”

This was from a group of early studies by Solomon that caught the attention of John Szarkowsky at the Museum of Modern Art. According to Solomon’s website:

John Szarkowski included her work in the 1978 exhibition MIRRORS AND WINDOWS at the Museum of Modern Art, and exhibited examples from her Dolls and Manikins series in the show PHOTOGRAPHY FOR COLLECTORS. Szarkowski also selected 50 of Solomon’s prints for MoMA’s permanent collection. Her pictures appear over the years at MoMA in group exhibitions, including AMERICAN CHILDREN, AMERICAN POLITICIANS, PICTURES BY WOMEN: A HISTORY OF MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY and THE ORIGINAL COPY: SCULPTURE IN PHOTOGRAPHY 1839 TO TODAY. In 1986, MoMA mounted a solo exhibition of  Solomon’s work, ROSALIND SOLOMON, RITUAL

These works anticipate some of the issues that appear in her later work.


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