Cynthia Laureen Vogt – Carte Blanche

c 2014
edition of 1
5 x 4.75, unfolds to 47.5 length

$750 – Available by special order. Please contact gallery via email or phone to order


Translated literally as ‘blank card,’ carte blanche is a French loan term originating from the 17th century card game Piquet, in which a hand having no face cards was called a carte blanche. The phrase came to be used for any blank sheet of paper; by the 18th century it referred to one signed at the bottom but otherwise left blank for someone else to freely outline the terms of a deal. This led to the current use of carte blanche, meaning absolute authority or freedom to act as one wishes.

Laser prints on paper and acetate, digital xerography on paper and acetate, 100% cotton rag backing, thread, graphite, and pigmented ink. Cover is mounted silk fabric with linen ribbon.

Vogt earned her BFA at the University of Utah and her MFA in Photography at the University of Arizona. Exhibiting for over 30 years in the United States and Japan, Vogt’s work is included in several notable private and public collections. She has taught photography courses at both the University of Arizona and the Tucson Arts Museum. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Vogt currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Cynthia Laureen Vogt – Carte Blanche

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