For those that still doubt the fact that Alfred Stieglitz fully embraced photogravure for its expressive potential and nuance, you only need to visit the Alfred Stieglitz, The Art of Photogravure exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art which opened in Fort Worth on May 10.
The small show, curated by John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs, is comprised of ten large-format photogravures by Stieglitz. These exquisite versions of some of Stieglitz’s most important photographs were in his private collection at the time of his death. They reveal, first hand, how he experimented with different inks and papers in his efforts to best convey his personal vision. Of particular interest is the display of four slightly different prints of the same image, Spring Showers – three large and one small. The three large versions of this iconic Stieglitz masterpiece side by side represent a rare opportunity to compare nuance in his photogravure prints. The small version, still bound in an issue of in Camera Work 36, is nearly identical in it’s paper choice and ink color to one of the three larger versions offering strong evidence of Stieglitz’s personal participation in the printing of the Camera Work photogravures.
The exhibition is drawn from a generous gift of Doris Bry, who worked for many years as the assistant and exclusive art dealer for Georgia O’Keeffe and runs through October 19, 2014. Exhibit times are set from 10:00AM to 5:00PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Thursdays, you can visit from 10:00AM to 8:00PM. The exhibit also runs at limited hours on Sundays at 12:00PM to 5:00PM. For more information, you can call 817-738-1933.