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Street Art of the 1950’s

October 28

In this image an NYU art student is putting out his paintings for ‘show’ on the street. Its art on the street – literally. Its 1961 and avant-garde. Back in the day that term really meant something.

The quality of Kodachrome slide film was superb. So good in fact I should not even use the past tense. I hardly had to do anything to this image, as the colors had been preserved so well. I will admit however to sneakily brightening each painting individually. Imagine if the artist had known that one day someone would sit at a computer screen and use a mouse(!) to select each painting and magically deepen the saturation of the pixels(!). The digital age was not even a dream when this student made his work.

Before and after (its subtle). Click for big.

 

Posted by on October 28, 2012 in America, Art objects, City street

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