Emmet Gowin. Edith, Danville, Virginia, 1980
Silver gelatin print
6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (15.9 x 15.9 cm.)
From the Spring Portfolio, Princeton University, 2003.
Signed, titled, dated and annotated in ink on the verso; signed and inscribed in pencil on the mount.
This print is believed to be unique.
Excerpt from the book The Model Wife, by Arthur Ollman
"Emmet Gowin is a contemplative man. Contemplation is a solitary activity. It requires stillness, time, and focus. He believes that the connections between things are not always apparent. He speaks slowly, deliberately, poetically. Gowin continually shows an interest in nuance, in subtle distinctions, in parsing and identifying states of the soul. The world, he posits, is what it seems to be but it is also so much more.
"Emmet Gowin's work is romantic, and his romanticism is inflected by contemporary fin cie siècle awareness of time; its conflation, its melt, the way it sticks to us. Old objects, old buildings, old people, old crafts, present their splendid decay to him; Italian gardens, rugged hill towns, ancient ruins, moldering farm yards, fallow fields; a fecund nature, past its time, fairly oozing in overripeness. All attract him with a deep evocation of the past.
"In 1960, he met Edith Morris at a YMCA dance. "Our attraction to one another was an alchemy beyond my analysis," says Gowin."-- READ MORE
Print is in excellent condition.