Spencer Tunick

(Middletown, New York, 1967 - )

Angel Meadow


Chromogenic print

40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of the artist in honor of Mitchell D. Kahan


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Tunick is best known for his photographs of crowds of nude figures in public spaces. The artist also considers his work to be performance and installation. His staged scenes are created with the help of volunteers, often thousands for a single work. The eerie, still quality of 'Angel Meadow' is amplified by the artist’s choice to use early morning light, which required the participants to be posed in their places at dawn. Tunick intends for his works to illustrate “the battle of nature against culture” in scenes where “man and woman are returned to a preindustrial, pre-everything state of existence.” This work is from a commission by The Lowry, an art and entertainment center in Manchester, England, to document installations in that region. The resulting project and exhibition in 2012 was called 'Everyday People.' The location and composition of Angel Meadow, like all the works in this exhibition, was inspired by the paintings of L.S. Lowry. Tunick chose this particular series as a gift to the collection in honor of Dr. Kahan because the artist found Manchester’s industrial appearance reminiscent of Akron.


Signed, dated, and marked "AP," verso