On Site: Frederick Sommer – Circumnavigation

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on March 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

Frederick Sommer

We have previously covered the Frederick Sommer exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This photographer was involved in the surrealist movement also produced multi media artworks in addition to his photography.

Ending March 20th, visit the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York to view this important documentation of his creativity.

Beginning in 1937, it was clear that Sommer’s works were receiving substantial support and recognition on both the west and east coast—he displayed his drawings, glue-color paintings, watercolors and collages in a solo exhibition at the Howard Putzel Gallery, Los Angeles. In 1941, the Museum of Modern Art began its long track record of support for Sommer’s photographs with an acquisition for Images of Freedom and exhibited Sommer’s work six times between 1946 and 1952 leading to his inclusion in Diogenes with a Camera. In 1949, Sommer showed his drawings and photographs at the Charles Egan Gallery in New York, where the drawings were described by the New York Times as “first-rate design intelligence that is somewhat marred by the suggestion of Dadaist inspiration.”

While not solely a photography exhibit, the viewer cannot help but be impressed by the breadth of this “photographer’s” artistic vision.

For more information: Bruce Silverstein

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