Collection

Ralph Gibson, If & (Silk), 1971–1981

Images of Ralph Gibson, If & (Silk)

  • In a black-and-white photo, a young light-skinned woman reclines nude in tall grass. Shadows of leaves above dapple her torso and arm.
  • Black-and-white portrait of a female mannequin in a collared jacket posing in a brightly lit window
  • A black-and-white photo shows a closeup of a woman's face. She has light, tightly curled hair and wears light lipstick, half of her face concealed by shadow.
  • In a black-and-white portrait photograph, a feminine person with angular features gazes downward. They wear a dark sweater and appear to be holding a mask against their torso.
  • In a black-and-white close-up photo, a person's face and neck are shown in profile from the bridge of the nose down. The person has thin lips, a strong jawline, and long medium-dark hair.
  • In a black-and-white photo, a woman is shown from the torso up. Her long hair obscures her downward-cast eyes, and her mouth suggests a subtle smile.
  • Black-and-white photograph of a long-haired woman's face in focus but half hidden by the black shadow cast by the severe bust of a man
  • A black-and-white photo shows a light-skinned, feminine person with dark hair looking directly at you with light, striking eyes. Their mouth is open and their hair suggest movement, as if the shot were candid.
  • Black-and-white photograph of a person whose arm is bent in the foreground holding a white cloth over the eyes, which casts a black shadow on the rest of the face.
  • In a black-and-white photographic closeup, a woman is shown in profile. Half of her face is cast in nearly pure black shadow.
  • In a black-and-white photo, a woman gazes directly at you with light eyes. Her light hair is half pulled back, half hanging loose.
  • In an extreme closeup black-and-white photograph, a light-skinned woman's face is shown. Her eyebrows are extremely thin and her dark lipstick is precise. She gazes off-camera.
In a black-and-white photo, a young light-skinned woman reclines nude in tall grass. Shadows of leaves above dapple her torso and arm.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Black-and-white portrait of a female mannequin in a collared jacket posing in a brightly lit window
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A black-and-white photo shows a closeup of a woman's face. She has light, tightly curled hair and wears light lipstick, half of her face concealed by shadow.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
In a black-and-white portrait photograph, a feminine person with angular features gazes downward. They wear a dark sweater and appear to be holding a mask against their torso.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
In a black-and-white close-up photo, a person's face and neck are shown in profile from the bridge of the nose down. The person has thin lips, a strong jawline, and long medium-dark hair.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
In a black-and-white photo, a woman is shown from the torso up. Her long hair obscures her downward-cast eyes, and her mouth suggests a subtle smile.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Black-and-white photograph of a long-haired woman's face in focus but half hidden by the black shadow cast by the severe bust of a man
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A black-and-white photo shows a light-skinned, feminine person with dark hair looking directly at you with light, striking eyes. Their mouth is open and their hair suggest movement, as if the shot were candid.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Black-and-white photograph of a person whose arm is bent in the foreground holding a white cloth over the eyes, which casts a black shadow on the rest of the face.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
In a black-and-white photographic closeup, a woman is shown in profile. Half of her face is cast in nearly pure black shadow.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
In a black-and-white photo, a woman gazes directly at you with light eyes. Her light hair is half pulled back, half hanging loose.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
In an extreme closeup black-and-white photograph, a light-skinned woman's face is shown. Her eyebrows are extremely thin and her dark lipstick is precise. She gazes off-camera.
Ralph Gibson, American, b. 1939
If & (Silk), 1971–1981
Gelatin silver prints
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolff, 1982.62.a-o

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago