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Creator Name: Spano, Michael
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1949
Biography: Michael Spano American, 1949-Michael Spano fuses the sociological intrigue of street photography with formal manipulations of the photographic medium to explore the urban environment and its inhabitants. Panoramic and sequential views, photograms, and solarized double exposures have all served as formats for his imagery. Born in New York City and educated at Queens College (B.A., 1976) and Yale University School of Art (M.F.A. in photography, 1978), Spano has been awarded a New York Creative Artists Public Service Grant (1982), fellowships from the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation (1984) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1985), and an Art Matters Grant (1988). He has had one-person exhibitions at the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge (1984), the Memphis Brooks Museum (1988), and the Cleveland Museum of Art (1990). Spano lives in New York. A.W.
Creator Birth Place: Bronx, NY
Creator Name-CRT: Michael Spano
Title: Fruit Cup
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1989
Creation End Date: 1989
Creation Date: 1989
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photography
Materials and Techniques: gelatin silver print
Dimensions: Sheet: 121.7cm x 96.2cm, Image: 114.7cm x 89cm
Inscriptions: Written in pencil on recto: "5-89 6/25 Michael Spano [signed] 89"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1989.470
Credit Line: Purchased with a grant from the NEA and matched by contributions from Museum members in 1989
Context: In the late 1980s, New York photographer Michael Spano began using an eight-lens fixed interval camera (the kind used to photograph golf swings) to take rapid, successive, automatic exposures. The eight lenses, stacked in two rows of four, are automatically triggered in sequence to expose a section of film at predetermined intervals of up to three seconds from the moment Spano presses the shutter release. The result is eight sequential images positioned next to one another on a single black-and-white negative that is then enlarged to a commanding 45 x 35 inches. In this print, twisting and turning the camera between each exposure, helped Spano obtain eight vertical, horizontal, and inverted images of two scenes he created: his wife holding and drinking a cup of coffee and a still-life arrangement of an oversized cup and saucer next to a bowl of pears. The final composition is intriguing, mysterious, and sometimes disorienting, as objects are shown from several angles at once.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1989.470
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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