The work of three giants of 20th-century American photography—Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand—is featured in this powerful exhibit, but if you want to soak up some heady history of photography, hurry---it closes April 10.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from November 10, 2010, through April 10, 2011, in the exhibition Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand.
The three photographs at the entrance to the show illustrate the style of each of the photographers: the tension in Stieglitz’ closeup of Georgia O’Keefe’s hands, the shadowy mystery in Steichen’s “La Cigale,” and the almost abstract “Pears and Bowls” by Strand. And these three photographs presage what’s to come in the exhibit: a room dedicated the work of each of the artists, so that a visitor gets a thorough sense of each man’s aesthetic.
And yet, the work of the artists is shown as one cohesive show, so that a visitor also sees how the “Photo Secession” movement --- the photographers Steiglitz promoted, exhibited, and published in the early 1900s --- changed from the early work of Steichen, through the work of Stieglitz, developing into the work of Strand.