Museum Watch: Alfred Stieglitz New York

Posted by David Ozanich — 16 Sep 2010

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A show dedicated to pioneering photographer Alfred Stieglitz opened yesterday at the Seaport Museum in downtown Manhattan. Comprised of 39 vintage pictures of early 20th Century New York, this is the first time the images are being show together since 1932 when they hung in his gallery, An American Place.

The Huffington Post has an informative article about the show and the artist:

Stieglitz, whose second wife was the famous artist Georgia O'Keeffe, was a strong proponent of photography as an art form and founded the Photo-Secession group to promote photography "as a distinctive medium of individual expression."

His first gallery, "291," which he ran from 1905 to 1917, also introduced to the United States such European painters as Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and Auguste Rodin.

Assembled from the collections of about a dozen major American museums and individuals, the Seaport Museum photographs include Stieglitz's iconic print of the Flatiron building near Madison Square Park. The soft focus, misty print was taken on a snowy night, and like many of his images, it has the quality of a painting.

The show runs through January 2011.

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