Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures XVII from July 7th through August 20th, 2005.
This is the seventeenth installation of the exhibition known for its eclectic group of artists, some familiar and others unknown. This exhibition provides the gallery with an opportunity to present a lively showing of recently acquired photographs that span a range inclusive of both flea market finds and historic treasures.
Among this year’s highlights is Eugene Atget’s surrealist Fête du Trône, made in 1926, the year before his death. This print’s history includes possession by Tristan Tzara, the poet and essayist best known as a founder of Dada. Lee Friedlander, whose work is currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, will be represented in a group of early and recent pictures. Also on view will be several little-known imperial plate photographs by Carleton Watkins, made in California and Oregon circa 1880; an extraordinary study of clouds over Santa Monica by Edward Weston, from 1936; a curious selection of anonymous photographs from both the 19th and 20th centuries and two new portraits by Katy Grannan, one of the most noted artists in last year’s Whitney Biennial. Other works from Grannan’s series Mystic Lake will be exhibited at Fraenkel Gallery this coming January.
Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures XVII can be seen concurrently with the exhibition, JOHN GUTMANN at 100.