Weegee Wednesday: “Is It Art?”

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Weegee (1899-1968), [Natalia Munez, Art Students’ League Ball, Commodore Hotel, New York], 1941, (15701.1993)

She graced the annual ball of the Art Students’ League at the Commodore Friday night and she is Natalia Munez.
PM, March 2, 1941, Vol. I, No. 37, p. 13

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Weegee (1899-1968), [Miss Babita and friends, Art Students’ League Ball, Commodore Hotel, New York], 1941 (15703.1993)

Miss Babita, that’s the whole name, is a well known physic, her friends said. The sign may indicate some of her friends aren’t.
PM, March 2, 1941, Vol. I, No. 37, p. 13

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Unidentified Photographer, [Weegee and Renee Parsons, First Prize Winner at Art Students’ League Ball, New York], 1941 (20141.1993)

This is mermaid costume that won first prize, a bagful of money which she didn’t count. The winner in the costume is Renee Parsons. PM, March 2, 1941, Vol. I, No. 37, p. 13

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PM, March 2, 1941, Vol. I, No. 37, p. 13

The Art Students Hold Their Annual Party… But Is It Art?
Miss Babita, that’s the whole name, is a well known physic, her friends said. The sign may indicate some of her friends aren’t.
This is mermaid costume that won first prize, a bagful of money which she didn’t count. The winner in the costume is Renee Parsons.
She graced the annual ball of the Art Students’ League at the Commodore Friday night and she is Natalia Munez.
PM, March 2, 1941, Vol. I, No. 37, p. 13

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“Odds and Ends. Maybe I should have included these with the Signs of the Times Series… anyway they’re a couple of cuties at an artists’ ball… but is this art?” Weegee, Naked City. New York: Essential Books, 1945, p. 215

75 years ago today Weegee and PM ask the perennially evergreen question: Is it art?

YES!!!

Weegee Wednesday is an occasional series exploring, or just enjoying, the life and work of Weegee.

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