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Picturing The Artist

Mon Mar 14 2011 – Sun Jul 1 2012

Seattle Art Museum

Third Floor Galleries

Picturing the Artist brings together several photographic portraits of and by some of the twentieth century’s most important and celebrated artists. Ranging from Walker Evans’ sensitive portrait of writer James Agee to Bruce Davidson’s portrait of Andy Warhol in his studio, and Arnold Newman’s striking view of modern dancer Martha Graham to Josef Breitenbach’s engaging encounter with writer James Joyce, this permanent collection exhibition highlights a diverse group of artists, including painters, sculptors, writers, dancers and photographers.

In addition, self-portraits by Lee Friedlander and Imogen Cunningham are included as are portraits of Kenneth Callahan, Jacob Lawrence and Mark Tobey photographed by Northwest photographer, Mary Randlett. This exhibit offers a wonderful look at a number of artists whose images have been captured on film.

–Marisa C. Sánchez, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Max Ernst, Paris, 1938, 1938, Josef Breitenbach, German, 1896–1984, gelatin silver photograph, 13 1/4 x 10 3/4 in., Gift of Peter C. Jones, 94.82, © The Josef and Yaye Breitenbach Charitable Foundation, New York