Posts Tagged ‘Steichen’

Preview: Three Masters of Photography at the Met “Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand”, New York

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on December 19, 2010 at 11:13 am


Edward Steichen by Paul Strand

“Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand” is our destination this week in NYC. An early Christmas present indeed. For a preview guide please read the article by Ariella Budick in today’s Financial Times then take the time to look at the the online catalog of the Met exhibit.

According to the standard narrative, Alfred Stieglitz came to the medium in the late 19th century, determined to pry it from the clutches of Sunday amateurs and enthrone it next to painting and sculpture as one of the fine arts. He and his fellow pictorialists imitated the gauzy, atmospheric paintings of Whistler, the compositions of Japanese woodblock prints and the steamy cityscapes of the impressionists. But by the time of the legendary Armory Show in New York in 1913, Stieglitz had rejected the symbolist style in favour of a modernist orthodoxy,
insisting on sharp focus with no visible retouching, and commanding a kind of latent abstraction from his followers. With the fanaticism of a new convert, he condemned the manipulated print for its fraudulence and artificiality.
Formalism now ruled, and Stieglitz even reinterpreted his old pictures to conform to his new ideas. “You may call this a crowd of immigrants,” he famously said of “The Steerage”, taken in 1907 but not exhibited until 1913. “To me it is a study in mathematical lines, in balance, in a pattern of light and shade.”

The exhibit runs now through April 10, 2011.

The FT article: Financial Times

The Met CatalogMet Online

The Met exhibit information: Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand

Notable: Joanna Taub Steichen, After Swimming Pool Fall, Dies at Age 77

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Photographer on August 25, 2010 at 3:14 am


From her book “Steichen’s Legacy”

We received a very nice tribute notice from the Howard Greenberg Gallery on the passing of their special friend of many years, Joanna Steichen, wife of the famed photographer. Their notice is reproduced in part below:

It is with great sadness that we send this release about Joanna Steichen. She was an extraordinary woman.
Joanna Taub Steichen, 77, psychotherapist and writer, who became the editor, curator and manager of the work of her late husband, the eminent photographer Edward Steichen, died accidentally after a fall in the swimming pool at her summer home in Montauk, New York on July 24, 2010.

Joanna Taub was born in Greenpoint Brooklyn in 1933, educated at St. Agnes Episcopal School for Girls in Albany and graduated from Smith College in 1954. Her first job after graduation was as a copywriter for Young & Rubicam in NYC where she was introduced to world-renowned photographer Edward Steichen by his brother-in-law, the poet Carl Sandburg. The infatuation was instant and mutual.

In 1960, they married. She was 27. He was 80. After her husband’s death in 1973, Mrs. Steichen earned a masters degree in social work from Columbia University and spent her professional life as a psychotherapist in private practice.

Joanna Steichen was the guardian and gatekeeper of Steichen’s work and his legacy. In 1979, the centenary of Steichen’s birth, she announced an initial gift of 5,000 negatives and prints to the George Eastman House, even though Steichen had been the first director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art and creator there of the most successful photography exhibit in history, The Family of Man.

We appreciate her support for the arts, as well as her charity work …