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Two Explanations for a Small Split Pond

A work made of gelatin silver prints (2).

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  • A work made of gelatin silver prints (2).

Date:

1974

Artist:

Robert Cumming
American, born 1943

About this artwork

Robert Cumming has long been known for his conceptual photography, which often relies on the tension between reality and the perception of reality. Cumming’s art presents succinct, humorous reminders about what can be understood from a photograph. For example, in Two Explanations for a Small Split Pond, Cumming juxtaposes two pictures that offer different possible causes for the split pond they depict. In the first, the pond has been split down the middle by the addition of earth to the water. In the second, two distinct ponds have been created by splitting a bucket of water in half.

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Photography

Artist

Robert Cumming

Title

Two Explanations for a Small Split Pond

Origin

United States

Date

1974

Medium

Gelatin silver prints (2)

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, on mount, lower left, below left image, in graphite: "2 EXPLANATIONS FOR A SMALL, SPLIT POND."; signed and inscribed recto, on mount, lower right, below right image, in graphite: "Cumming 1974."; inscribed verso, on mount, upper left, in graphite: "#2[?]" [partially obscured by white linen tape]; verso, on sticker affixed to mount, upper left, in black ink: "9" [obscured by white linen tape]; verso, on sticker affixed to mount, upper left, in black ink: "ab" [obscured by white linen tape]; verso, on mount, lower right, sideways, in graphite: "J42"

Dimensions

19.5 × 24.5 cm (each image); 19.9 × 25 cm (each paper); 50.8 × 76.3 cm (mount)

Credit Line

In Chicago Portfolio Fund

Reference Number

1983.818

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