Inside the Stieglitz Collection: New exhibition and accompanying book examines the master photographer’s art collection

A master photographer, Alfred Stieglitz was also a visionary promoter and avid collector of modern American and European art from the first half of the 20th century. Today we take a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the exhibition ‘Stieglitz and His Artists’ has just opened, showcasing works from the museum’s unparalleled ‘Alfred Stieglitz Collection’. We will also be looking at Yale’s accompanying catalogue, the first ever fully-illustrated catalogue of works from this wonderful collection.

Back in August we looked at the influential photography of Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946), as well as his relationship with American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. As well as being an important figure in the world of photography, Stieglitz was also a famous for his art collections.

An enormously influential figure in the early 20th century New York art scene, Stieglitz was integral to the introduction of avant-garde European art to the US. Operating a succession of influential New York galleries between 1905 and 1946, Stieglitz exhibited many of the most important artists of the era, including Constantin Brancusi, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Vasily Kandinsky, John Marin, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso and Gino Severini.

The unparalleled ‘Alfred Stieglitz Collection’ was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 1949 and has been the cornerstone of the museum’s holdings of modern American art for more than sixty years. ‘Stieglitz and his Artists’ (13 October 2011 – 2 January 2012) is the first large-scale presentation of paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from this collection.

Stieglitz and His Artists Matisse to O'Keeffe

Stieglitz and His Artists

The exhibition features some two hundred major works by American and European modernists, supplemented by photographs by the Photo-Secessionists and publications by Stieglitz—all from the Metropolitan’s holdings. Highlights include Picasso’s Woman Ironing and Standing Female Nude, Kandinsky’s Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love), Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse, O’Keeffe’s Black Iris and Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue, Demuth’s I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, and Hartley’s Portrait of a German Officer.

Accompanying this exhibition is the catalogue Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe, and is the first fully-illustrated catalogue of works in the ‘Alfred Stieglitz Collection’. More than four hundred paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints are presented in the catalogue, many of them published here for the first time. Informative essays, augmented by archival photographs and letters, new scholarship, and technical analysis, bring this fascinating period to life by focusing on the relationships these artists developed with Stieglitz and with one another.

The catalogue Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe is available now from Yale University Press.
The exhibition Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe is open now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012)

More Books on Stieglitz and his Artists…

Yale University Press publishes a huge array of books on modern European and American art. Take a look below at some of Yale’s books on Alfred Stieglitz and artist in his collection…

Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz: A Beginning Light  Stieglitz: A Legacy of Light  Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand  My faraway one v. 1; 1915-1939

Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity  Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction  Carr, O'Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own  Georgia O'Keeffe: The Catalogue Raisonne

Henri Matisse

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917 Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters  Matisse: Painter as Sculptor

Arthur Dove

Dove/O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence  Adventures in Modern Art: The Charles K. Williams II Collection  Surrealism and Modernism from the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley: American Modernist  Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for an American Modernism

Vasily Kandinsky

Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence  The Blue Four Collection at the Norton Simon Museum

John Marin

John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury  John Marin's Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism

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