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Man with Wife

35 11/16 x 29 7/8 in. (90.65 x 75.88 cm)

Anthony Aziz (aka Anthony Aziz and Sammy Coucher) (Lunenburg, Massachusetts, 1961 - )

Object Type: Photograph
Medium and Support: Type C-print with fabric on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Anonymous
Accession Number: 1999.12.01


, October 9, 2014 – January 18, 2015, New Wing, First Floor, Gibson Family Gallery, San José Museum of Art.

Degrees of Separation: Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection, July 22, 2010 - March 13, 2011, New Wing, Second Floor, North Gallery, San José Museum of Art.

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Post-Portrait (2014-2015)

To create Man with Wife, Anthony Aziz began with a vintage photograph of a man and a woman standing next to each other. Using computer manipulation, Aziz blacked out the male figure so that the woman seems to stand next to a shadow. He then trimmed the image with printed fabric, alluding to a domestic interior, or perhaps to a man's necktie. Taking on an actively performative role, the artist physically "cut the man out of the picture." By eliminating this father, brother, or friend, Aziz called out an absence that could have both personal and universal significance.

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