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Arthur Tress
Born 1940 in Brooklyn, NY
Lives and works in New York

Their Cause in its Essence...New York, 1988

from the series Fishtank Sonata, 1987–90
15 Cibachrome prints, edition of 50

15 x 15 inches (each image)

20 x 16 inches (each sheet)

Gift of Drs. Antonio and Luz Racela

1997.25.2–16

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Tress began taking photographs in high school, and by the late 1950s he was theatrically staging his pictures. Inspired by fantasy and Surrealism, his work has grown increasingly ambitious with elaborately constructed sets and manipulated imagery. A 15-year project titled The Wurlitzer Trilogy contains three series: Teapot Opera, Fishtank Sonata, and Requiem for a Paperweight. All Tress's works in the Museum's collection are from the Wurlitzer Trilogy.