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Past Exhibitions

Brett Weston

July 18, 2015–January 10, 2016

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a dark ridge slices through a dune in this vertical black and white photograph

Brett Weston (American, 1911–1993)
Dune, Oceano, 1934
Vintage gelatin silver print
Purchase with funds from Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection, 2013.431

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Brett Weston (American, 1911–1993)
Bridge Support and Trees, New York, ca. 1940
Gelatin silver print mounted on board
Purchase with funds from Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection, 2013.432

Photographer Brett Weston (1911-1993) is celebrated as one of the great mid-century American photographers, known for his distinctive approach to a wide range of subjects, including cityscapes, landscapes, and abstractions. Weston’s father, the influential photographer Edward Weston, taught him how to use a large-format camera when he was a teenager in 1925. Within a few months, Edward said that Brett was “doing better work at fourteen than I did at thirty.” In 1929, the German exhibition Film und Foto, a paramount avant-garde exhibition held between the two World Wars, featured a group of photographs by the young artist, bringing him international recognition.

Much of Weston’s early work focused on urban spaces in New York and San Francisco. Even amidst the man-made structures of New York City, however, trees and other vegetation feature prominently. Later in his career, Weston would turn more explicitly to nature, photographing scenery close to his home near Carmel, California, and during his travels across the United States, Japan, Mexico, and Europe. He concentrated on elemental forms found in nature, removed from their larger contexts to create abstract images of astounding beauty and mystery.

Organization and Support

This exhibition of Brett Weston’s photography is the result of a recent acquisition of his work made possible through the generosity of Lucinda Bunnen, Christian Keesee, and the Brett Weston Archive.

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