Impressionist to Modernist:
Masterworks of Early Photography
through April 19, 2015
Impressionist to Modernist: Masterworks of Early Photography captures . . . a pivotal time in the history of the development of the medium. The exhibition surveys works executed from the 1880’s to the 1930’s and illustrates the progression of photography from the painterly, Impressionistic work of the Pictorialist movement, through the 20th century rise of “straight” photography—a Modernist approach that advocated photographs aim to be nothing more than direct representation of the world.
Rare, hand-crafted-vintage prints made through a variety of processes illustrate some of the artistic choices open to the late-19th and early-20th century photographer, and chart the shift to prominence of the classic black and white (gelatin silver) print, which came to dominate photography in the 20th century.
The exhibition is organized around the galvanic personality of Alfred Stieglitz and his circle. Stieglitz gained international acclaim as a champion for photography and Modern Art. Works by major members of Stieglitz’s circle, including Gertrude Käsebier, Clarence White, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand are included in the this exhibition. – Text adapted from the Frick Press Release.
Read the full Release at The Frick.