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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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Hi Ken;

Check out the attached..

http://www.santafeindependentfilmfestival.com/Detailed/591.html

Oh great, something else to consume hours of face time in front of a monitor. I see I'll get nothing much accomplished this coming weekend. Actually this is fantastic, as it provides a tremendous resource to those in remote areas without the means or time to travel to far away large metropolitan areas that host these well respected museums an opportunity to view what they otherwise could not. It in effect helps transition higher education from an elitist state to a democratic one. I look forward to reading about this collection. Thanks to Kenneth and Mike for something much more than the common link-bait on many photo websites.

An excellent book on Stieglitz and his galleries is "Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries", published by the National Gallery of Art and Bulfinch Press in 2000. An great reference, with 610 jam-packed pages! I got mine as a remainder -- what a bargain!

The National Endowment for the Humanities, which helped pay for this project is, I believe, once of the institutions on the new Administration's chopping block as a waste of money.

Georgia O'Keeffe retrospective at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto
April 22, 2017 – July 30, 2017

http://www.ago.net/art-gallery-of-ontario-partners-with-tate-modern-to-present-georgia-okeeffe-retrospective-in-summer-2017

Both Ken's comments on the real role of a museum, as well as the digital output of the AIC puts this recent article on the Met museum's travails in context and shows how big a mess the Met has become: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/thomas-campbell-met-director-exit

Stieglitz's art hoarding also reminds me of my local furniture dealer who loved early and mid-20th century modern designs, and went into business so he could have a reason to buy all of these objects he loved. He'd be similarly picky about whom he'd allow to buy something out of his collection too.

Love this post! This is a great model for archiving done well. Thanks Ken!

Holy moly!
This could take days. Weeks.
Thank you.

The Georgia O'Keefe show was terrific in London. I believe it was the most comprehensive show of her work there's ever been.
And at Tate Modern, I found the audio guide made a big contribution to my understanding of the context, the people, the places and the pictures.

It seems to me that I heard that the Getty Foundation (nothing to do with Getty Images) earns 80 million dollars in interest every year on the interest earned on its money. They are required to spend that 80 mil on art or the money is disbursed elsewhere. The went around and bought up vast photo collections of prints and negatives and stored them into their archives.
A lot of them never get to see be seen on display.

As flagged up by Joseph, I can highly recommend the Georgia O' Keeffe retrospective, which I saw at Tate Modern in London. It includes some contemporary photography too.

If I could keep just one photography book it would probably Taschen's "Alfred Stieglitz: Camera Work. The Complete Photographs". What the man did with that publication was incredible.

I saw the exhibit in person last year, quite amazing. Art Institute of Chicago is very much worth a visit. Too much to see in one day.

Addenda:

- One point I inferred but did not explicitly make is that a rummage through this collection module is as close as most people will ever get to rummaging through the actual boxes of objects in a museum's vaults. Really. And you don't have to don gloves, take any art handling training, pass a security gauntlet, or even make an appointment to get the experience!

- For those interested in learning (a lot) more about the relationship between Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz I recommend "My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: Volume One, 1915-1933" by Sarah Greenough. This is an extensive collection of letters between Stieglitz and O'Keefe, many -very- intimate. The work took Greenough many, many years to assemble.

- @John Camp: "The National Endowment for the Humanities, which helped pay for this project is, I believe, once of the institutions on the new Administration's chopping block as a waste of money."

Indeed the NEH is on the "chopping block", John, as is its sister institution the National Endowment for the Arts. Regardless of politics, these are two of America's most important and efficient public cultural catalysts. Their combined annual budgets represent little more than round-off error compared to, say, our defense budget. These are the proverbial noses that would be jettisoned to save the face.

[What I've heard is that the entire arts budget of the government is less than we spend on military BANDS. Just the bands. Maybe people will join me in my campaign to abolish the military bands and leave the arts alone. --Mike]

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