Clarence H. White , “Nude”
Along with an exhibition of paintings from the Stieglitz personal collection, The Met currently has a wonderful turn of the century survey of photography, also from his personal collection. The exhibit presents some forty-eight photographic treasures by Anne Brigman, Alvin Langdon Coburn, F. Holland Day, Gertrude Käsebier, Joseph Keiley, Heinrich Kühn, Edward Steichen, Clarence White, and others.
A towering figure in early twentieth-century photography, Alfred Stieglitz was not only a master of the medium, but also a powerful tastemaker and tireless advocate for photography as a fine art in the early 1900s. Through his sumptuous and influential journal Camera Work (1902-1917) and his "Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession" (1905-1917), known to insiders simply as "291" for its address on Fifth Avenue, Stieglitz introduced the public to the best of artistic photography and, eventually, modern art. He was also his gallery’s best client, supporting the artists he most admired by purchasing their work. Stieglitz’s photography collection, donated to the Metropolitan by gift in 1933 and bequest following his death in 1946, constitutes the finest gathering of Photo-Secession works anywhere.
October 11, 2011-February 26, 2012
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