Frederick Sommer est un photographe brésilien décédé en 1999
Frederick Sommer was the son of city planner and trained as an architect in Brazil. His drawings were first exhibited in Brazil during his teenage years and helped him gain admission to the architecture program at Cornell University, despite his lack of an undergraduate degree or knowledge of the English language. While in Switzerland in 1931, recovering from tuberculosis, Sommer purchased his first camera. He moved to Arizona in 1935 and devoted himself to photography after coming under the influence of Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston. His initial work bordered on the grotesque, often depicting animal carcasses. Sommer later moved on to produce landscapes and photographic assemblages.
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Photographs Gathered By William T. Hillman
Auction: Tuesday, 31 March, 10AM`
On 31 March, Christie’s will present the sale of "Leaves Of Light And Shadow: Photographs Gathered By William T. Hillman", comprising 117 works judiciously acquired by William Hillman over the past three decades. With a sophisticated eye and tremendous dedication to photography, Hillman has built a comprehensive collection by pursuing consummate examples from top photographers spanning the history of the medium. In Hillman’s dedication to both photography and his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his primary mission over the past three decades has been to build a world-class collection that will ultimately be gifted to the Carnegie Museum of Art. “There are gaps in the vintage acqui... Exposition « Songs and the Sky » : An exhibition of art and music Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present « Songs and the Sky », an exhibition of art and music.
© Barbara Morgan
Artworks by Lisette Model, Barbara Morgan, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, and Alfred Stieglitz will be paired with musical compositions by Ernest Bloch, John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg, Henry Cowell, and Christopher Washburne. Historically and conceptually relevant musical compositions were chosen to provoke, compliment, enhance, and challenge a reading of the visual artworks. Music served as literal or ideological inspiration for these artists, who sought to create work with the equivalent potential to communicate or translate abstract concepts directly.
© Lisette Model
The exhibition title derives from Alfred Stieglitz’s historic series, Songs of ... Exposition Exhibition Frederick Sommer at Jackson Fine Art Gallery
Considered a master photographer, Sommer first experimented with photography in 1931 after being diagnosed with tuberculosis the year prior. Early works on paper (starting in 1931) include watercolors, and evolve to pen-and-ink or brush plus drawings of visually composed musical score. Concurrent to the works on paper, Sommer started to seriously explore the artistic possibilities of photography in 1938 when he acquired an 8×10 Century Universal Camera, eventually encompassing the genres of still life (chicken parts and assemblage), horizonless landscapes, jarred subjects, cut-paper, cliché-verre negatives and nudes. According to art critic Robert C. Morgan, Sommer's «most extravagant, subtle, majestic, and impressive photographs—comparable in many ways to the views of Yosemite Valley&rsqu...