Edward Weston: Perpetual Existence

Curated by: Kent Anderson Butler
January 15-March 1, 2019
Opening Reception: January 15th, 20196PM-8PM
"L" Art Gallery: Azusa Pacific University, West Campus
701 E. Foothill Blvd, Azusa, CA. 91702
Gallery Hours: M-F, 9AM-5PM, and by appointment
626-815-2064 | Gallery Director: Stephen Childs

Azusa Pacific University is proud to present "Perpetual Existence", an exhibition of prints from the internationally known photographer Edward Weston. The exhibition consists of mostly portraits that Weston did while working in his studio in Glendale and printed by his daugher-in-law Dody Weston Thompson. The collection is on loan from the Inland Empire Museum of Art.

Among the twentieth century’s most influential art photographers, Edward Weston (1886–1958) is widely respected for his many contributions to the field of photography. Along with Ansel Adams, Weston pioneered a modernist style characterized by the use of a large-format camera to create sharply focused and richly detailed black-and-white photographs.

The combination of Weston’s stark objectivity and his passionate love of nature and form gave his still lifes, portraits, landscapes, and nudes qualities that seemed particularly suited for expressing the new American lifestyle and aesthetic that emerged from California and the West between the two world wars. He spent the years 1923–1926 in Mexico City as a part of an international milieu of creative minds attracted by the post-revolutionary excitement of political activists and artists such as Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Tina Modotti, and others. From the moment he returned to the United States, he began making work that would fundamentally change the direction of photography in this country.

In 1932, Weston, his son Brett, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and a handful of other Bay Area photographers formed a group of like-minded realists who called themselves Group f/64, in honor of an aperture setting on a lens one might stop down to in order to attain the sharpest focus in a photograph. They introduced their work in an exhibition at San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum, and the exhibition still stands as a landmark in the history of photography. In 1937 Weston became the first photographer to be awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He continued working until Parkinson’s disease forced him to give up the camera in 1948.

Jean Charlot 1933 |4x5 Silver gelatin print| 436.16.10
Man holding woman on shoulder |4x5 Silver gelatin print| 511.16.11
Imogen Cunningham 1933 | 4x5 Silver gelatin print| 441.16.10
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