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Self Portrait (Spread Fingers), from the series, A Body of Work

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John Coplans often fragments and distorts the human body in his work, transforming the figure into something alternately alien and abstract. When Coplans took up photography in 1980 at the age of sixty, having already worked for many years as a painter, teacher, critic, curator, and museum...

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Inscription

Signed, verso, in black ink u. r.: "c COPRIGHT JOHN COPLANS 1987/NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT PERMISSION". Titled and numbered, verso, in graphite, u. r.: "9/SELF PORTRAIT (SPREAD FINGERS) 1/12".

Provenance

Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston; 1990, sold by Yezerski Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 23, 1990)

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.

1987

Dimensions

Framed: 99.7 x 92.1 cm (39 1/4 x 36 1/4 in.) Sheet: 76.2 x 68.8 cm (30 x 27 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1990.252

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

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