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Devil's Bridge #4, El puente Del Diablo, Martorell Spain from the series Devil's Bridges

© Ebbe Stub Wittrup

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Ebbe Stub Wittrup

Danish, born 1973

Devil's Bridge #4, El puente Del Diablo, Martorell Spain from the series Devil's Bridges, 2009

chromogenic color print, face-mounted to Plexiglas, and mounted on aluminum

Edition: 1/3 plus 2 artist's proofs

sheet: 63 x 83 inches (160.02 x 210.82 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Pending Acquisition Funds, 2018

P2018:9.3

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Provenance

from the artist to Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen;
sold to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, October 2, 2018

Class

Photographs

Work Type

Chromogenic color print

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

This photograph by Ebbe Stub Wittrup belong to a series featuring the so-called “devil’s bridges” that span rivers and gorges across Europe. These medieval structures later appeared to locals to be superhuman feats of engineering, giving rise to folktales that associated the builders with the devil (whether as an adversary or an accomplice). Wittrup’s black-and-white photos, shot with a large-format camera from the point of view of someone traveling nearby on foot, capture the bridges in impressive perspective and detail, but they also eliminate most signs of people or modern life. In this way, they recreate the view of the bridges as they have appeared to people for hundreds of years, ultimately questioning how the structures, stories, and values of the past persist in the landscape of the present.

Label from We the People: New Art from the Collection, October 23, 2018–July 21, 2019

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