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From Pictorial Photography to American Modernism: Stiglitz and 291 Gallery

Alfred Stieglitz , Winter-The Fifth Avenue, 1893. Photography. Wikipedia。 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Stieglitz#/media/File:Stieglitz-Winter.jpg. Public domain image.

In 1905, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward J. Steichen opened the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession at 291 Fifth Avenue in New York. The gallery, also known as 291, became a center for the exhibition of modernist paintings in the 1910s. The gravitation towards modernism is seen in Stieglitz’s own artistic development. While his earlier piece Winter-The Fifth Avenue (1893) feature an overall painterly quality, his later work Old and New New York (1910) evince the tendency towards abstraction and machine aesthetics that had preoccupied early-twentieth-century modernist painters.

Alfred Stieglitz, Old and New New York, 1910. Photography. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Stieglitz#/media/File:Stieglitz-NewYorkOldNew.jpg. Public domain image.
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  • James Voorhies. “Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) and His Circle.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accessed December 17, 2020. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/stgl/hd_stgl.htm

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