October 13, 2014 - Philadelphia Museum of Art - Paul Strand
October 13, 2014

Paul Strand

Paul Strand, Wall Street, New York, 1915. Platinum print, 25.2 × 32.2 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Paul Strand Retrospective Collection, 1915–75, gift of the estate of Paul Strand, 1980. © Estate of Paul Strand.

Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
October 21, 2014–January 4, 2015

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130 
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm, Wednesday and Friday 10am–8:45pm

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This major retrospective presents the work of a critical figure in the history of modern art, American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand (1890–1976), whose archive of nearly 4,000 prints stands as a cornerstone of the Museum’s collection. Emphasizing the influential artist’s most important projects from the 1910s through the 1960s, the exhibition surveys Strand’s entire life’s work, including his breakthrough trials in abstraction and candid street portraits, close-ups of natural and machine forms, and extended explorations of the American Southwest, Mexico, New England, France, Italy, Scotland, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, and Romania. 

This exhibition includes approximately 250 of Strand’s finest prints, selected primarily from the Museum’s holdings, with important early prints from public and private collections. The wide range of imagery highlights how Strand radically changed his work at several key moments in an effort to identify photography’s pivotal role as a means of understanding and describing the modern world. The exhibition also features works by fellow artists from the Alfred Stieglitz circle (Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, and Arthur Dove), screenings of Strand’s films, and a selection of archival materials.

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