8 5/16 x 8 7/8 in. (21.1 x 22.5 cm)
(Castlemaine, Australia, 1881 - 1962, New York, New York)
Medium and Support:
Etching and drypoint
Gift of the Print Club of Cleveland
Location: Not currently on view
Charles S. White
New York nights are evocative and mysterious in Martin Lewis’s work. His print Corner Shadows plays with ambiguity in its use of flickering light and figures gliding through darkness. In his study The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, film historian Foster Hirsch suggests that Lewis’s work, as well as work by other New York artists including Edward Hopper and John Sloan, contains ‘anticipations and echoes of the noir city.’ Edginess, obscured faces and figures, and looming shadows heighten the anxiety that the work communicates.
Corner Shadows was issued by the Print Club of Cleveland as its presentation print for 1930, and is considered Lewis’s most important print commission.
[Label text, 2003]