Alphabetarion # Doors | Tina Modotti / Marcel Duchamp / Franz Lazi / Aurélien Arbet & Jérémie Egry

Tina Modotti, Open Doors, Mexico City, 1925

" The emptiness of the house is terrible . . . I had the illusion that you had just gone to town and would be back 
in a little while--only for moments the truth flashed through my mind and then the pain and loneliness almost 
choked me." 

 Tina Modotti revealed these feelings to her former lover, Edward Weston, after his permanent departure from their home. 
The statement, like her portrait, No. 3, makes clear her sense of abandonment. This series of open doors inside the Mexico City flat 
they had shared creates a study of surfaces, spatial depth, grids, and angles. Devoid of any personal effects, the portrait appears empty, 
surely reflecting Modotti's mood at the time.

Door with cat hole, c.1450-1500                                  Aurélien Arbet and Jérémie Egry – New York


Marcel Duchamp, Door, 11 Rue Larrey, 1927                                  Franz Lazi, Open Doors, 1949
Marcel Duchamp, Given: 1) The Waterfall, 2) The Illuminating Gas (Etant Donnés: 
1) La Chute D'eau, 2) Le Gaz d'Éclairage), 1946–66. Exterior view. 


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  1. As usual, there was at first no response to K.’s ring at the door. “Leni could be a bit quicker,” thought K. But he could at least be glad there was nobody else interfering as usually happened, be it the man in his nightshirt or anyone else who might bother him. As K. pressed on the button for the second time he looked back at the other door, but this time it, too, remained closed. At last, two eyes appeared at the spy-hatch in the lawyer’s door, although they weren’t Leni’s eyes. Someone unlocked the door, but kept himself pressed against it as he called back inside, “It’s him!”, and only then did he open the door properly. K. pushed against the door, as behind him he could already hear the key being hurriedly turned in the lock of the door to the other flat. When the door in front of him finally opened, he stormed straight into the hallway. Through the corridor which led between the rooms he saw Leni, to whom the warning cry of the door opener had been directed, still running away in her nightshirt . He looked at her for a moment and then looked round at the person who had opened the door.



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