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Collections Wassertürme (Water Towers)

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Title
Wassertürme (Water Towers)
Artist
Bernd Becher, Hilla
Date
1972
Dimensions
each of 9 15.625 × 11.75 inches
Materials
gelatin silver prints mounted on paperboard
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Photographs (Photographs)
Accession Number
1996.190.1-.10
Edition
no edition number noted
Inscriptions
in pencil on front lower right of mount “Bernd Becher & Hilla Becher 72”; in pencil on front lower left of mount “Wasserturme Kugeln Stahl”
Physical Description
nine black-and-white images of watertowers mounted on white paperboard
Printer
not known
Credit Line
Justin Smith Purchase Fund, 1996

object label Bernd and Hilla Becher, Wassertürme (Water Towers) (1972) Walker Art Center, 1999

Since the late 1950s, German artists Bernd and Hilla Becher’s primary focus has been documenting the industrial structures that dot the landscape of northern and central Europe and the United States. Characterized by a deliberately unglamorous and detached aesthetic, their work explores the seemingly objective nature of the camera as a recorder of truth. Employing a strict set of rules (a fixed, frontal viewpoint, overcast sky, and black-and-white film), the Bechers create photographs that avoid emotion, narrative, or subjectivity. Their work has influenced an entire generation of contemporary photographers, and their practice has pushed photography toward consideration within the field of sculpture.

Wassertürme is part of a larger ongoing series in which the artists sought out similar architectural forms during a 25-year period. By juxtaposing like images in a grid format, they produce a dialogue between repetition and variation.

Label text for Bernd and Hilla Becher, Wassertürme (Water Towers) (1972), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center

object label Bernd and Hilla Becher, Wasserturme (Water Towers) (1992) Walker Art Center, 1998

Since the late 1950s, German artists Bernd and Hilla Becher’s primary focus has been documenting the industrial structures that dot the landscape of northern and central Europe and the United States. Characterized by a deliberately unglamorous and detached aesthetic, the Bechers explore the seemingly objective nature of the camera as a recorder of truth. By working with a strict set of rules (a fixed, frontal viewpoint, overcast sky, and black-and-white film), the Bechers create photographs that avoid emotion, narrative, or subjectivity.

Wasserturme is part of a larger ongoing series in which the Bechers sought out similar architectural forms over a 25-year period. By juxtaposing like images in a grid format, a dialogue between repetition and variation is produced.

Label text for Bernd and Hilla Becher, Wasserturme (Water Towers) (1992), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center