Field Day (Crowd) #4

2010–11
Matt Saunders (American, born in 1975)


Dimensions

Sheet: 102.1 x 148 cm (40 3/16 x 58 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2011.1902

Medium or Technique

Photograph, silver gelatin print on fiber-based paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Saunders’s ghostly portraits of silver and light were inspired by Hertha Thiele #7, his thinly painted profile of a Weimar-era German silver-screen star. From found photographs of her, Saunders worked backward to paint “negatives” on linen. He experimented by projecting light through the linen onto photographic paper and found the paint alternately refracts or blocks light. He hand-develops each sheet to produce original reproductions he terms “ersatz paintings,” like Field Day (Crowd) #4, his imagined film-still with Thiele at center.

Provenance

2011, sold by the artist to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 16, 2011)

Credit Line

James N. Krebs Purchase Fund for 21st Century Paintings

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.