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Untitled

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1964

Artist:

Joseph Sterling
American, 1936–2010

About this artwork

From 1959 to 1964, at a moment when youth culture was ascendant in American culture and politics, Joseph Sterling documented the lives of Chicago’s working-class teenagers. A student at the Institute of Design who was not far past adolescence himself, Sterling submitted a selection of these images for his graduate thesis, The Age of Adolescence, in 1962. After graduation he continued to roam the parks, streets, and beaches of Chicago, gaining an intimate access that resulted in images of teenagers that capture the tension between bravado and insecurity, while expressing the emphasis on pattern and design that he had learned at the school.

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Artist

Joseph Sterling

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1964

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

21.4 × 33 cm (image/paper); 29.7 × 39.7 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Gift of the Illinois Arts Council

Reference Number

1976.1255

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