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Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition

Dec 6, 2013–Feb 23, 2014

Edward Steichen (1879–1973), Foxgloves, France, 1925. Gelatin silver print, 9 15/16 × 7 15/16 in. (25.2 × 20.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander 2012.222. © 2014 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Bill Orcutt
Edward Steichen (1879–1973), Marlene Dietrich, 1931. Gelatin silver print, sheet: 10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander  2012.234. Steichen/Vanity Fair; © 2014 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition presents an extraordinary gift of Edward Steichen photographs given to the Museum by Richard and Jackie Hollander. This exhibition includes celebrity portraits and fashion photographs taken during Steichen’s tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast, shots for advertising campaigns, and images that reflect the artist’s interest in the natural world. Seen together, these works demonstrate Steichen’s role as a leading proponent of photography as both an aesthetic form and a vehicle for mass communication.

Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition is organized by Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant.

Works from the Exhibition

Edward Steichen, Foxgloves, France, 1925. Gelatin silver print, 9 15/16 × 7 15/16in. (25.2 × 20.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander  2012.222© 2014 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, (for Vanity Fair), 1931. Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander  2012.234
Edward Steichen, Paul Robeson (as Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones, for Vanity Fair), 1933. Gelatin silver print, mounted on board, 9 15/16 × 8in. (25.2 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander  2012.240
Edward Steichen, Advertisement for Coty Lipstick, 1935. Gelatin silver print, 9 15/16 × 7 15/16in. (25.2 × 20.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander  2012.205© 2014 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation Photography

Installation view of Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, December 6, 2013–February 23, 2014). Photograph by John Muggenborg
Installation view of Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, December 6, 2013–February 23, 2014). Photograph by John Muggenborg
Installation view of Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, December 6, 2013–February 23, 2014). Photograph by John Muggenborg
Installation view of Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, December 6, 2013–February 23, 2014). Photograph by John Muggenborg
Installation view of Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, December 6, 2013–February 23, 2014). Photograph by John Muggenborg
Installation view of Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, December 6, 2013–February 23, 2014). Photograph by John Muggenborg

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