Hollywood Residences by Albert Abramovitz

Hollywood Residences by Albert Abramovitz

Hollywood Residences

Albert Abramovitz

Title

Hollywood Residences

 
Artist
Year
c. 1937  
Technique
woodengraving 
Image Size
9 7/8 x 12" image 
Signature
pencil signed, lower right 
Edition Size
under 25 
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower left 
Reference
WPA, Ball State: #FA12256 
Paper
ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
WPA (Works Progress Administration) 
Inventory ID
MIST119 
Price
$600.00 
Description

Albert Abramovitz did this wood-engraving / woodcut around 1937 while he was working for the Works Progress Administratio (WPA.)

Abramowitz chose the large homes and rooftops of the Hollywood Hills in the 1930s to create this composition, using wooden-graving and woodcut tools. He creates a wide variety of lines and patterns to achieve the dynamic balance in the print; crosshatch, long, straight lines and short, patterned lines, diagonals and gouged dots. The image elements change from black on white to white on black.

These homes and mansions, built on the slopes in Los Angeles, were the center of the soirées during the 30s, the Golden Age. They have been subject to fire, eathquake and landslides over the decades but they continue to be rebuilt and remodeled to current standards to help withstand such disasters.