Top of page

Photo, Print, Drawing "Malignant neoplasms (Cancer)" / Sandow Birk 2005.

[ digital file from original drawing ]

Full online access to this resource is only available at the Library of Congress.

About this Item

Title

  • "Malignant neoplasms (Cancer)" / Sandow Birk 2005.

Summary

  • Print shows an overweight man sitting at a desk in an office, using a keyboard and mouse while focused on the monitor; an oversized jug of drink is on the desk next to an ashtray, and on the left is a fast food meal of a large hamburger with french fries.

Names

  • Birk, Sandow, 1964-, artist

Created / Published

  • [Place not identified] : [Publisher not identified], 2005.

Headings

  • -  Office workers--2000-2010
  • -  Offices--2000-2010
  • -  Computers--2000-2010
  • -  Smoking--2000-2010
  • -  Convenience foods--2000-2010
  • -  Obesity--2000-2010
  • -  Sitting--2000-2010
  • -  Cancer--2000-2010

Headings

  • Etchings--2000-2010.

Genre

  • Etchings--2000-2010

Notes

  • -  Caption label from exhibit Art in Action Health, Smoking: Leading Causes of Death in America. Sandow Birk's darkly satirical etching series takes inspiration from the work of realist painter/printmaker George Bellows and the Ashcan School practice of portraying the lives of everyday people. Here we see a harried office worker who is smoking while typing at a computer. Birk enhances the sense of stress and pressed time with surrounding clutter including file folders, post-it notes, a cell phone or pager, and fast food meal of a burger and french fries. The title, Malignant Neoplasms (Cancer), suggests a sinister future.
  • -  Title from item.
  • -  Signed and dated in pencil on lower right.
  • -  "Circle, square, triangle" blindstamp on lower right corner.
  • -  Watermark on lower left margin: Somerset England.
  • -  Purchase; Catharine Clark Gallery; 2012; (DLC/PP-2012:078).
  • -  Exhibited: "Art in Action : Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times" in the Graphic Arts Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., January 31 - August 17, 2019.

Medium

  • 1 print : etching ; plate 52.6 x 42.6 cm, on sheet 75.3 x 56.9 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2012:078.04 [item] [P&P]

Repository

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2018647588

Reproduction Number

  • LC-DIG-ppmsca-55796 (digital file from original drawing)

Rights Advisory

Access Advisory

Online Format

  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

More about Copyright and other Restrictions

For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.

  • Rights Advisory: Rights status not evaluated. For general information see: "Copyright and Other Restrictions...," https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/195_copr.html
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-55796 (digital file from original drawing)
  • Call Number: Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2012:078.04 [item] [P&P]
  • Access Advisory: Served by appointment (Unprocessed). To make a request, see "Access to Unprocessed Materials," https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/info/022_unpr.html

Obtaining Copies

If an image is displaying, you can download it yourself. (Some images display only as thumbnails outside the Library of Congress because of rights considerations, but you have access to larger size images on site.)

Alternatively, you can purchase copies of various types through Library of Congress Duplication Services.

  1. If a digital image is displaying: The qualities of the digital image partially depend on whether it was made from the original or an intermediate such as a copy negative or transparency. If the Reproduction Number field above includes a reproduction number that starts with LC-DIG..., then there is a digital image that was made directly from the original and is of sufficient resolution for most publication purposes.
  2. If there is information listed in the Reproduction Number field above: You can use the reproduction number to purchase a copy from Duplication Services. It will be made from the source listed in the parentheses after the number.

    If only black-and-white ("b&w") sources are listed and you desire a copy showing color or tint (assuming the original has any), you can generally purchase a quality copy of the original in color by citing the Call Number listed above and including the catalog record ("About This Item") with your request.

  3. If there is no information listed in the Reproduction Number field above: You can generally purchase a quality copy through Duplication Services. Cite the Call Number listed above and include the catalog record ("About This Item") with your request.

Price lists, contact information, and order forms are available on the Duplication Services Web site.

Access to Originals

Please use the following steps to determine whether you need to fill out a call slip in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room to view the original item(s). In some cases, a surrogate (substitute image) is available, often in the form of a digital image, a copy print, or microfilm.

  1. Is the item digitized? (A thumbnail (small) image will be visible on the left.)

    • Yes, the item is digitized. Please use the digital image in preference to requesting the original. All images can be viewed at a large size when you are in any reading room at the Library of Congress. In some cases, only thumbnail (small) images are available when you are outside the Library of Congress because the item is rights restricted or has not been evaluated for rights restrictions.
      As a preservation measure, we generally do not serve an original item when a digital image is available. If you have a compelling reason to see the original, consult with a reference librarian. (Sometimes, the original is simply too fragile to serve. For example, glass and film photographic negatives are particularly subject to damage. They are also easier to see online where they are presented as positive images.)
    • No, the item is not digitized. Please go to #2.
  2. Do the Access Advisory or Call Number fields above indicate that a non-digital surrogate exists, such as microfilm or copy prints?

    • Yes, another surrogate exists. Reference staff can direct you to this surrogate.
    • No, another surrogate does not exist. Please go to #3.
  3. If you do not see a thumbnail image or a reference to another surrogate, please fill out a call slip in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room. In many cases, the originals can be served in a few minutes. Other materials require appointments for later the same day or in the future. Reference staff can advise you in both how to fill out a call slip and when the item can be served.

To contact Reference staff in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room, please use our Ask A Librarian service or call the reading room between 8:30 and 5:00 at 202-707-6394, and Press 3.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Birk, Sandow, Artist. "Malignant neoplasms Cancer" / Sandow Birk. , 2005. [Place not identified: Publisher not identified] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2018647588/.

APA citation style:

Birk, S. (2005) "Malignant neoplasms Cancer" / Sandow Birk. , 2005. [Place not identified: Publisher not identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2018647588/.

MLA citation style:

Birk, Sandow, Artist. "Malignant neoplasms Cancer" / Sandow Birk. [Place not identified: Publisher not identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2018647588/>.