Naomi Savage
Enmeshed Man

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Line-cut photo engraving on copper plate with painted additions

(Photoengraving on copper with silver plating and black acrylic paint), 1965-6

Signed on the verse: “Naomi Savage”

Artist’s label verso reads:


Titled, dated and inscribed in ink on label:

“Enmeshed Man/1965/Photo Engaving”

Provenance: Peter M. Johnston, Sommerville, MA

Note: Savage was the niece of Man Ray. She was a student and studio assistant of both Man Ray and Bernice Abbott. In 1952 Savage had her first exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and again in 1960, 1966 and 1968. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, International Center for Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.

Enmeshed Man is the artist’s most highly regarded work in the combined medium of photography and photo etching engraving. The noted photographic art historian, Peter C. Bunnell included this work along with four other of Savage’s works in his groundbreaking exhibition at the Museum of Modern art entitled Photography as Printmaking, March 19 to May 27, 1968.

Bunnell mounted Photography as Printmaking at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City, an exhibit that featured 72 works by 23 artists. One of the artists was Naomi Savage whom Bunnell credited with having “extended the photographic medium by her presentation of the photoetched plate itself. A simple act, but in its generosity she has brought to the medium a kind of topographic photograph, which modulates forms in three dimension with a variety of metallic surfaces and tones.” This three-dimensionality and fine texture was so unusual that viewers could not always accept Savage’s work as photography. But Savage’s photography is more than a technical tour de force. In Enmeshed Man (1966) she uses her technique to explore the complex relationship between internal and external experience and the indefinite boundaries between the two.”

This image was exhibited at MOMA in the above sited exhibition.


  • Condition
    Good. Work is in excellent original condition.
  • Dimensions
    18.25 in. H x 14.25 in. W
  • Seller Location
    Fairlawn, OH
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