Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand at the Met in New York. Vince Aletti introduces his review in this week's New Yorker, "......spectacular...equivalent of an Old Master exhibition." He concludes the piece, "The Met's prints are simply astonishing-rich and alive with real star quality. If you've only seen these works in reporduction, you haven't really seen them". The show will be up until April 10.
My questions are: who has seen this show? And who is attending? Are the galleries crowded? Are there any young people viewing these master works? Anyone using digital cameras to document the images? Any new pictorialists in the audience? Anyone swooning at the the heavy metals on the wall? Anyone looking closely at the creamy, modernists tonal range? Does any one linger? In a different review it was noted that each artist's work is in a separate gallery. I think the curator missed a chance to see how these friends and colleage's art may have played off each other. Strand and Stieglitz nudes of the same woman/lover compared next to each other is too juicy to miss. They worked in the same cities, in the same years, read the same journals, paid attention to the same European art. this could have been a chance to see the fugue of creativity between artists played out over just a couple of decades. These people invented modern photography together.
This is our chance, we can learn from this show, these prints.
Like someone said, "perhaps you'll just have to go."