MANCHESTER, NH.- The Currier Museum of Art
s latest special exhibition traces the development of the modernist movement from the 1920s to its impact on artists today. Featuring more than 150 works displayed in three expansive galleries, A New Vision: Modernist Photography reflects the international nature of modernism, and includes American photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward and Brett Weston, Margaret Bourke-White, Man Ray and Charles Sheeler, as well as European artists including Lotte Jacobi, László Moholy-Nagy, Helmar Lerski and Imre Kinszki.
Boris Ignatovichs 1930s Tramway Handles and Margaret Bourke-Whites 1928 photo Turbine, Niagara Falls Power Co. showcase modernist images of isolated elements from the manmade world. While close-ups of nature, such as Brett Westons 1980 (untitled) Tide Pool and Kelp, reveal striking abstract compositions that emphasize the repetition of patterns and dramatic contrast of light and shade. This new vision shared by modernist photographers makes form and composition as important as subject matter in their photographs.
This exhibition illustrates the diversity of the modernist movement and its important contribution to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, said Kurt Sundstrom, curator of the exhibition. Adding, Modernist photographers expanded the visual vocabulary of art making everyday objects from grass, drying laundry, machinery and lumber to details of the human body subjects worthy of artistic interest.
Contemporary New England photographers are still building upon the artistic language that their predecessors developed. Paul Caponigro, who lives in Cushing, Maine, Carl Hyatt of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Arno Minkkinen of Andover, MA all clearly connect to modernism and are part of A New Vision.
A New Vision also explores the reciprocal influences among all media that shaped the modern art movement. Artists in the varied media shared a common vision; to illustrate this interconnectedness, paintings by Marsden Hartley, Georgia OKeeffe, Charles Sheeler and Childe Hassam are paired with photographs in this exhibition.