About the Object
This photograph, taken in the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Plant in Buffalo, New York, features the fluorescent lights installed in the factory ceiling. The rafters create a sense of rushing perspective, while the lights appear as dashes across the space. Compare this perspective with Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Plant Overhead Lights and Skylights, (VF2013.01.10), where the lights appear continuous.
In December 1944, Crawford received a commission from Burton Tremaine, president and chairman of the Miller Lighting Company, to commemorate the installation of nine miles of continuous fluorescent lighting in the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Plant in Buffalo, New York. Crawford was given special permission to photograph inside the plant, taking a least a dozen pictures and creating dozens of drawings, resulting in at least 11 related paintings.
By descent to the Artist’s son, John C. Crawford, New York;
Chadds Ford, PA. Brandywine River Museum of Art. Ralston Crawford: Air + Space + War (June 19-September 1, 2021); Dayton, OH. Dayton Art Institute (October 30, 2021-January 23, 2022).