Some really rare and beautiful photographs not only from the Pictorialist tradition but also exploring, in my view, expressionism and abstraction. I adore depictions of architecture in early photography, and there were many of Stieglitz's early photos in the show.
Really a must-see for anyone who loves photography. Though that happens to be my favorite period (for photography, film especially, architecture and art...) I still think that having these works exhibited all together is a rare pleasure.
TruthBeauty February 2 to April 27, 2008
Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945
[Portrait of three women], c. 1915
George Eastman House Collection, Gift of 3m Company, Ex-collection Louis Walton Sipley
|The hauntingly beautiful photographs created within the Pictorialist movement in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries are among the most important works of art in the medium’s history. TruthBeauty will bring together more than 150 of the finest photographs by renowned artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Baron Adolph de Meyer, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Josef Sudek. The Pictorialist artists sought to elevate photography—still seen in the nineteenth century as merely a mechanical tool of documentation—into the realm of fine art. Drawing upon major museum collections worldwide, including the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, this historic exhibition will reveal the rich aesthetic, diverse approaches and technical innovations of Pictorialism—one of the first truly international artistic movements.|
The exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery in collaboration with George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Curated by Alison Nordstršm, Curator of Photographs, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.