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  • Provenance

    The artist
    Commerce Graphics, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Berenice Abbott

    Born 1898, Springfield, Ohio
    Died 1991, Monson, Maine

    1917-1918 Ohio State University

    Selected museum exhibitions: Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona (2019); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2016); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2012); National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (1998); International Center for Photography, New York (1981, 1989, 1995); Dallas Museum of Art (1992); National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. (1982); Museum of Modern Art (1970); New School for Social Research (1959); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1953); Cooper Union, New York (1940); Museum of the City of New York (1934, 1937)

    Selected honors: Legion of Arts and Letters, France (1988); International ERICE Prize for Photography (1987); Honorary Doctorate, Bowdoin College (1982); Honorary Doctorate, Smith College (1973); Honorary Doctorate, University of Maine (1971)

    Selected public collections: Cleveland Museum of Art; Jewish Museum, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum of the City of New York; New York Public Library; Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

    A central figure in American photography, Berenice Abbott moved to Paris in 1921, working in Man Ray’s studio and championing the work of Eugène Atget. Returning to the United States in 1929, her incisive portraits and the urban views published in Changing New York, 1939, earned her considerable renown. With its mixture of modernist commercial architecture, signage, and decoration, Abbott’s American Shops, Lodi, New Jersey, 1954, documents the inventiveness of the car-centered culture then emerging in the postwar United States. Public institutions with this photograph in their collections include the Dallas Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


American Shops, Lodi, NJ , July 30

signed in pencil on the verso
gelatin silver print
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (19.1 x 24.1 cm.)

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019