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100 Years of ARTnews Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts
Santa Fe, New Mexico - Photographs of the major artists of the 20th century will be featured in the exhibition "Portrait of the Art World: A
Century of ARTnews Photographs," which opens at the Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, September 19, 2003, and runs through January 4, 2004. The traveling exhibit was organized by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and is nationally sponsored by AXA Art Insurance Corporation.
The exhibition consists of 100 photographs reproduced in the magazine since 1902 when it was first published as Hyde's Weekly Art News. ARTnews marked its 100th birthday in November 2002 as the most widely-circulated art magazine in the world and one of the oldest independently-run magazines. The exhibition will include portraits of both European and American artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Salvador Dalí, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, and John Singer Sargent.
The broad range of photographers includes: Zaida Ben-Yusuf and Alice Boughton, early members of Alfred Stieglitz's circle; Jessie Tarbox Beals, the first woman photojournalist; Hans Namuth, known for his portraits of Jackson Pollock and other artists at work; Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the photographer recognized for his large format and panoramic portraiture; French filmmaker Agnèes Varda; and the contemporary masters Robert Mapplethorpe, Arnold Newman, and Irving Penn.
The prints, representing a virtual Who's Who of the 20th century art world, arrive from a variety of sources, including the National Portrait
Gallery, the ARTnews archives, and private and institutional collections in the United States and abroad.
"We are excited to present this anthology of portraits of major 20th century artists with many by master photographers," said Steve Yates,
Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe. "In our unique community, deeply rooted in the history of photography with global distinction, New Mexico is a most relevant venue."
"This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to come face-to-face with 100 of the Western world's most renowned 20th century artists," said Marsha Bol, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts. "Here in Santa Fe, we are also featuring original works of art by a number of these artists in the exhibition."
"Visitors will have the unique opportunity to see a variety of photographs from the last 100 years," said Marc Pachter, director of the National
Portrait Gallery. "Not only will the best photographs from the magazine be displayed, but also some of the finest images from collections from around the world."
During its 100 years of publication, despite changes in name, format and frequency, ARTnews has remained true to its original objective, "to supply plain statements of fact" concerning "artists, art exhibitions and the sale of art objects," Mr. Pachter said. Photographic portraits of artists, critics and museum personalities, among others, have remained a mainstay in the magazine since its earliest history.
"ARTnews has played a major role in the arts community during the past 100 years by allowing people to see artists as individuals," said William Stapp, the exhibition curator. "This exhibition contains photographs that represent the diversity of subjects - men and women of all backgrounds, that ARTnews has always displayed within its pages."
Founded in 1902, ARTnews has a readership of 240,000 in 123 countries including collectors, dealers, historians, investors, and artists. A
probing and provocative news magazine that focuses on the people that make the art world spin, it has won 30 major awards for excellence in
reporting, analysis, criticism and design in the last three decades.
"The photographs document the changes in the art world over the last 10 decades and the changing perception of art, which the magazine has both mirrored and helped mold," said Milton Esterow, editor and publisher of ARTnews. "Seen together, they offer great insights into the foremost creators of the 20th century."
"Portrait of the Art World: A Century of ARTnews Photographs" will be accompanied by a book published by Yale University Press featuring the 100 portrait photographs and essays by noted journalist Pete Hamill, as well as Milton Esterow and William Stapp.
AXA Art Insurance Corporation, was founded in the United States in 1987 by insurance and art professionals to provide expert, affordable insurance coverage to the owners of fine art and collectibles. The company is the only insurance provider in the United States to focus exclusively on fine art and collectibles, underwriting many of the country's most prestigious collections. In addition to providing flexible, tailor-made short or long term coverage, the company assists its insured -individuals, corporations, museums, galleries, trusts and traveling exhibitions - with the overall protection and preservation of their collections.
Gallery Talks with eminent Santa Fe artists titled "Face to Face: Inspirations and Influences." Artists will choose and discuss those
figures portrayed in the exhibition who have influenced and inspired their
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The Museum of Fine Arts, located just off the Plaza, at 107 West Palace Avenue in downtown Santa Fe, is a part of the Museum of New Mexico, a division of the state Department of Cultural Affairs.