Publisher Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York


Platemark (left): 73 x 54.5 cm (28 3/4 x 21 7/16 in.) Platemark (right): 73 x 40.5 cm (28 3/4 x 15 15/16 in.) Sheet: 89.9 x 115.7 cm (35 3/8 x 45 9/16 in.) Framed: 95.6 x 121 x 5.1 cm (37 5/8 x 47 5/8 x 2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Photogravure from two plates with screenprinted lettering and hand additions in watercolor

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings



Printed by Deli Sacilotto of Iris Editions, New York

In this unique print by conceptual photographer Lorna Simpson, a pair of empty dress shoes is juxtaposed with the pedals of an old piano. Simpson’s subtle addition of ligh-brown watercolor to the shoes brings to mind the hand-tinting of nineteenth-century photographs, perhaps suggesting a narrative about family history and loss. Below the image an intentionally ambiguous text reads, “What should fit here is an oblique story about absence, but I can’t remember the short version.”


Letterpress text printed in bottom margin: What should fit here is an oblique story about absence, but I can't remember the short version. In graphite, l.l.: 7/53; l.r.: L S '93. Printer's blind stamp, lower left corner of sheet.


Brooke Alexander Editions, NY; from whom purchased November 1997

Credit Line

Lee M. Friedman Fund


Reproduced with permission.