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"Painterly Photographs: The Raymond E. Kassar Collection"
2000-12-02 until 2001-02-11
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara, CA,
Aiming to elevate the medium of photography to fine art, Alfred Stieglitz and his
American and European contemporaries used their cameras as aesthetic tools rather
than recording devices. The exhibition Painterly Photographs, on view at the Santa
Barbara Museum of Art December 2, 2000 - February 11, 2001, presents 33 works
including rare, large-format photographs, most of which were made for exhibition
presentation during 1900-1910. Drawn from a private collection, these exquisite
images represent some of the most important camera artists of the time: Alfred
Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Heinrich Kuehn, George Seeley and Clarence White.
The PhotoSecessionists, led by Alfred Stieglitz and
Clarence White in America, members of the Linked Ring in
England and other international pictorial photographers
expressly intended their work to emulate traditional art
forms. The subjects chosen ranged from intimate, interior
scenes to sylvan landscapes to children at idylls, expressing
moody and romantic visions of a world filled with light and
shadow, beauty and innocence.