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Robert Frank at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

"Looking In: Robert Frank's 'The Americans' " feels like a party. Long, lavish and loving -- but never loud -- the National Gallery of Art exhibition celebrates the 50th birthday of a small, quiet thing: a book.


First published in 1958 in France and a year later in the United States, "The Americans" consists of 83 black-and-white photographs that together form the Swiss-born artist's portrait of his adopted home.

Read the complete review by Michael O'Sullivan in The Washington Post.

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Review: Roberta Smith on Fashion Photography at ICP

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 23, 2009
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

New York Times Art Critic Roberta Smith reviews four concurrent exhibitions at ICP, including "Edward Steichen: In High Fashion: The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937."


Fashion Forward (Not for the Fainthearted)

There are days when it seems as if you've been subscribing to all the wrong fashion magazines. A little bit of your world crumbles, or maybe a lot.

A visit to the International Center of Photography may cause such a day. The center is inaugurating a year of fashion photography exhibitions called "2009 Year of Fashion" with four synergistic exhibitions. They culminate in an engrossing survey of pictures from Edward Steichen's years at Condé Nast (1923-37), when that pioneer photographer more or less invented fashion photography and celebrity portraiture.

Read the complete review in The New York Times.

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William Eggleston at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 16, 2009
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

You can always tell a William Eggleston photograph. It's the one in color that hits you in the face and leaves you confused and happy, and perhaps convinces you that you don't understand photography nearly as well as you thought you did.


To view "William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008," at the Whitney, is to be pummelled by eccentric beauty, and to wonder about it. A pertinaciously slumming aristocrat from Memphis, Tennessee, and points south, Eggleston, now sixty-nine years old, is one of the great Romantic originals of camerawork.

See the complete text of Peter Schjeldahl's review in The New Yorker

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Gisèle Freund's Portraits of Post-War Berlin

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 16, 2009
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

New York Times' Michael Kimmelman reviews Gisèle Freund's photographs of post-war Berlin at the Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin.


Not all culture is global yet. Outside aging lefty circles in Greenwich Village or the Berkshires, the photographer Gisèle Freund mostly causes head-scratching in the United States. Among other reasons, she published unflattering pictures of Eva Perón in Life magazine in 1950, troubling the Argentine dictator and ruffling diplomatic relations, so the State Department officially declared her an "unwanted person."

See Kimmelman's review in The New York Times

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