Houdini’s Top Hat and Cane, Musée, Paris
Gelatin silver print
10 x 10 inches
Signed, titled, and dated in pencil mount verso
Donated by Evan Mirapaul
In addition to capturing the people and frenzied street scenes of New York City, where he lived and worked, a quieter thread which runs through the career of Bruce Cratsley (1944-1998) are his compelling images of museum objects and architecture. In the few years before his untimely death of complications from AIDS, Crastley visited Paris for the last time, taking over 650 images. In this lush image from the Louvre Museum sits Houdini’s top hat and wand, sealed inside a glass vitrine. Crastley’s mastery over manipulating light and reflective surfaces come through strongly in this image, as the two objects become eerily thematic. Cratsley exhibited his work at numerous New York galleries, including Howard Greenberg, Laurence Miller Gallery, Witkin Gallery, Yancy Richardson, and Sarah Morthland.
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