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Alfred Stieglitz: the Lake George years

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Alfred Stieglitz: the Lake George years

Time: June 23, 2010 at 6pm to September 5, 2010 at 5pm
Location: Sydney, Australia
Street: Art Gallery Rd
City/Town: Sydney
Website or Map: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov…
Phone: 61-2-9225 1700
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Judy Annear
Latest Activity: Jul 19, 2010

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‘…much has happened in photography that is sensational, but very little that is comparable with what Stieglitz did. The body of his work, the key set – I think – is the most beautiful photographic document of our time.’
Georgia O’Keeffe 1978

The photographs Alfred Stieglitz [1864-1946] took around his summer house at Lake George, New York state, USA after 1915 are considered a major departure and dramatically influenced the course of photography. The desire to build a specifically ‘American’ art led Stieglitz to explore the essential nature of photography, released from contrivances and from intervention in print and negative. ‘Photography is my passion. The search for truth my obsession.’ he would write in 1921.

‘Siteglitz’s mature photographs from the 1910s onwards are free from any sense that photography must refer to something outside of itself in order to express meaning.’ said Judy Annear, senior curator photography

This major exhibition is the first in Australia of Stieglitz’s photographs. 150 are included and are amongst the very best Stieglitz ever printed. They are also the rarest. One third of the exhibition is being lent by the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC which holds ‘the key set’ – selected by his lover, muse and wife, the artist Georgia O’Keeffe and deposited there after Stieglitz’s death.

‘Passionate and provocative; charismatic, verbose and intellectually voracious; a self-described revolutionist and iconoclast with an unwavering belief in the efficacy of radical action; competitive, egotistical, narcissistic and at times duplicitous, but also endowed with a remarkable ability to establish a deep communion with those around him – these are but some of the adjectives that can be used to describe Alfred Stieglitz.’ said Sarah Greenough, senior curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Major loans are also coming from the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and George Eastman House, Rochester amongst others.

[image: Ellen Koeniger 1916 gelatin silver photograph 11.1 x 9.1 cm J Paul getty Museum, Los Angeles 93.xm.25.4 © J. Paul Getty Trust]

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