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Brett Weston Exhibition at the Currier Museum of Art

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 13, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

"Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow'' is a title with two meanings.

The first meaning refers to family and reputation. Brett Weston (1911-93) was the son of Edward Weston, one of the great photographers of the 20th century. The younger Weston was very good, but not that good.

As the high caliber of the early work at the Currier Museum of Art shows, Weston was a photographic prodigy. "He is doing better work at fourteen than I did at thirty,'' his father noted.

A picture like "Dune, Oceano,'' from 1934, with its curving overlay of darkness upon sand, indicates the other significance of shadow in the title. It's quite literal. Weston loved light's absence. Contrast wasn't so much a technical device he employed as a defining principle of his art. For him, shadow wasn't just light absent but light negated.

Read the complete review in The Boston Globe.

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