The myriad concepts and themes found throughout the history of modern photography and after from the 20th into the 21st century-are brought to life in Idea Photographic: After Modernism, a 152-page catalog that accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico.
This contemporary view of history fills the pages with the work of more than 130 historical and contemporary artists, selected primarily from the Museum of Fine Arts collection, and complemented by loans from the Princeton University Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit includes classic prints by pioneering modernists such as Alvin Langdon Coburn, Pierre Dubreuil, Paul Strand, Alexander Rodchenko and Edward Weston and contemporary photographic work and installations by artists who began working beyond modernism decades ago such as Robert Rauschenberg, Betty Hahn, Robert Heinecken, Christian Boltanski, and Gerhard Richter. The catalog finishes with the new international generation of photographic artists: Valery and Natasha Cherkashin, Laurent Millet, Jungjin Lee, Celia Muņoz, and Ana Mendieta, all of whom have discarded past conventions of modern art.
Authors Steve Yates, Museum of Fine Arts Curator of Photography, and Siegfried Halus, Chair of the Santa Fe Community College Department of Fine Arts, initiated research together for special seminars leading to the exhibition and publication.
Idea Photographic: After Modernism is available in the Museum of Fine Arts gift shop for $39.95 or by calling the Museum Shop at 505-982-1131.