Rider's Field Boot by Roberta Fineberg, Black-and-White Photograph of Young Equestrians in New York 1990s
Rider's Field Boot by Roberta Fineberg, Black-and-White Photograph of Young Equestrians in New York 1990s
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Rider's Field Boot by Roberta Fineberg, Black-and-White Photograph of Young Equestrians in New York 1990s

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Rider’s Field Boot from Claremont Riding Academy on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the 1990s was photographed for City Riders (Macmillan, 1997) by Roberta Fineberg.

From the book (p.77), a black-and-white (film) still-life photograph of an equestrian's black leather field boot on a chair with a rider's helmet in the girl's locker room at the former Manhattan stable in the 1990s.

Rider’s Field Boot, 1994 is a 20" x 16" gelatin silver print in an edition of 10. Signed, titled, and dated by the artist.

 Provenance: RF Archive

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Artist's Bio:

As a visual artist drawn to experimentation, Roberta Fineberg (RF) invites serendipity in her practice and explores diverse mediums and subjects, which include the ephemeral (butterfly series), stolen moments (documentary work), play, timelessness, the enduring, and significance of matter.

Selected exhibitions: Double Helix (40” x 60”) was included at Sotheby’s New York (2022) auction Contemporary Discoveries preview show; Time Gallery, New York - aka Sojourner (2022) - duo exhibition; Phyllis Harriman Gallery (2022, 2020) - Art Student League group shows; CADAF online art fair (2020); Gallery122 (2018) New York pop-up group show; Curate NY (2013) online group show; Paris Photo (2010), Photos, Femmes, Feminisme group show. 

RF’s art and photography is in private and public collections, with a series of portraits of women writers at the Bibliothèque Nationale and Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand in Paris, France. 

Award-winning projects include You Will Never Beat New York (2020) an experimental video shot on a smartphone that she made during the pandemic as a love letter to New York City. The work received 14 laurels from independent film festivals worldwide (2020-2021). Print’s Regional Design Annual New York 2003 awarded her cover photography for the book jacket  If Wishes Were Horses (Merry Whiteford). 

In 1997 Macmillan published City Riders: A Story of Riding and Friendship Roberta Fineberg’s first book with black-and-white photographs and text about three teenage girls in the 1990s who rode horses at the now defunct Claremont Riding Academy and oldest stable in New York City.  

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Roberta Fineberg’s artistic and editorial practice began while a student in Paris, France in the late 1980s. She exhibited in public spaces black-and-white photographs of women writers. She contributed photography and features to publications, including a column for The Saturday Review, followed by freelance editorial work in American Girl, Le Monde, Jeune Afrique, Paris Match, L’Officiel Femme, Ms., Weltwoche, Vanguardia, etc.  Her commercial photography and creative images were licensed through stock agencies Nonstock, Jupiter, and Getty for cover art, including: W.W. Norton, St. Martin’s Press, Harcourt, Bookspan, Simon & Schuster, among 

Roberta Fineberg lives in New York City.


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