Hamptonites HENRY BUEHL, JOE COHEN, RAY MERRITT and JANET LEHR Support Palm Beach Photographic Center in MAJOR exhibition-thru March.
Janet Lehr: ArtMkt Recap
This week in Palm Beach. The Hamptons’ celebrate a host of their finest – Henry Buhl, Joe Cohen, Ray Merritt and Janet Lehr, lenders to FULL OF GRACE, a photography exhibition opening Thursday, January 26th at The Palm Beach Photographic Center, 515 Clematis St. WPB. Pre-opening event kick-off at the Center is a panel discussion Wednesday Jan 25th beginning at 10:30 am, by the photography curators of the Getty Museum, the Norton Museum and Vered Gallery’s Janet Lehr. All are welcome – Come early, seating is limited.
Loans by Janet Lehr include:
Pre-eminent Photo-Journalist of the 19th cen.
Malay Boy (Parrot Boy) Anamese Boy Anamese Girl
(3) Portraits of Street Life in the Orient Hand tinted albumen prints c.1862
Hand tinting of Albumen photographs arose to satisfy the thirst of the public for a greater sense of reality. Hand tinting became more common in the 1870’s. Thomson had the availability of fine artists who were fine colorists in the china-making trade where hand painted porcelains were common. Not only was John Thomson an acknowledged leader in Photo-journalism, but he was innovative in advancing the aesthetics of photography.
Eakins is recognized as America’s greatest 19th century figurative painter. He was the first major American artist to produce photographs as artwork.
Albumen print 1883
Thomas Eakins celebrated boxing in his monumental painting, Salutat 1898. George Bellows who admired Eakins, celebrated the atmosphere of boxing and its attraction in Stag at Sharkey’s. The boxer’s power over his own body and his attempt to exert power over another body were seen in the early 1900s as natural masculine preoccupations, because masculinity was so closely connected to physical form. Insufficient attention to bodily development was viewed as a symbol of weakness.
America’s first Social Realist to use his camera to effect changes in the American scene.
Silver print, 1906
Hine wrote in 1909: In fact, [the picture] is often more effective than the reality would have been, because, in the picture, the non-essential and conflicting interests have been eliminated.
Steichen was among the first to introduce Americans to modernist European artists: Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin and Paul Cezanne, through his association with Alfred Stieglitz and Stieglitz’ Little Gallery known by its street address, 291. The impresario, Stieglitz showcased these European modernists chosen by Steichen in his gallery exhibits and his publication, Camera Work
Portrait of Katie
(Steichen’s daughter) Platinum print, 1906
F HOLLAND DAY
Day, a leading American photographer at the turn of the century was the first to bring the works of American photographers to the attention of the International world, exhibiting them in a show in London in 1900. Stieglitz never forgave him for his asserting himself as a leader and tastemaker of the American scene, a role Stieglitz sought to dominate.
The New School of American Photography exhibition organized by Day, showed at the Royal Photographic Society (London) in 1900, caused complete uproar, and revolutionized British photography. Pam Roberts, former Chief Curator of the Royal Photographic Society.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at the panel discussion Wednesday morning and of course at the opening of FULL OF GRACE at the Palm Beach Photographic Center, 515 Clematis St., WPB, Thursday from 6-7:30pm