It’s easy to take bridges for granted. We speed across (or more appropriately for New Yorkers, we pay a toll then crawl slowly across) from point A to point B without much thought. But with Berenice Abbott’s Manhattan Bridge, Manhattan, we’re once again reminded of the steadfastness and stateliness of bridges: the feats of engineering, their role as literal and symbolic representations of interconnectivity, and all the different ways in which they appear in our lives.
Berenice Abbott’s Manhattan Bridge, Manhattan sucks us straight in. Abbott’s composition and use of light and line evoke awe of the mechanical structure upon which she stands, especially when compared to the considerably smaller humans spotted walking across its span. Though we’re used to the Manhattan Bridge being part of the New York City skyline, it was barely thirty years old when Abbott photographed it for her series Changing New York. It certainly must have felt like the city was changing around her as Brooklyn and Manhattan became even more closely connected.
Abbott’s eye-catching photograph feels apropos this week as team 20x200 makes the move across this very bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. We’ve been based in Manhattan since our start nearly nine years ago, but after some subtly dropped hints from our mostly Brooklyn-based team and intense expeditions of office hunting, we’ve made our way across the Manhattan Bridge into Dumbo. We’re thrilled to be in Brooklyn, surrounded by so many other creative companies, and can’t wait to continue bringing beautiful art to you, our collectors.
nd speaking of beautiful art, we’re excited to add another compelling Berenice Abbott image to our selection. Ever since The New York Public Library’s recent public domain restructuring, we’ve spent hours going through their incredible archives, searching for truly striking images to spotlight in our curated collection of Vintage Editions. In the same way Manhattan Bridge, Manhattan unites two vibrant areas, we’ve made it our modus operandi to bridge the gap between deserving works of art and the collectors who desire them.
Connect art with your walls and the past with the present! Own Berenice Abbott’s brilliant bridge photograph: Manhattan Bridge, Manhattan.
With art for everyone,
Jen Bekman + Team 20x200