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Galassi, Peter

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Most widely held works by Peter Galassi
Before photography : painting and the invention of photography by Peter Galassi( Book )

22 editions published in 1981 in 3 languages and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henri Cartier-Bresson : the early work by Peter Galassi( Book )

24 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of this century's leading photographers. His earliest images are of Europe in the 1930s and '40s. Here is a magnificent compilation of the world-renowned photographer's work that truly captures his famous "decisive moments" through people and places rich in beauty as well as turmoil
American photography, 1890-1965, from the Museum of Modern Art, New York by N.Y.) Museum of Modern Art (New York( Book )

19 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"American photography from the turn of the century through the mid-1960s offers one of the richest and most coherent traditions in the history of the medium. This book explores that tradition in depth through superb reproductions of 183 photographs from the outstanding collection of The Museum of Modern Art." "Toward the end of the nineteenth century photographs became radically easier to make and to reproduce. The result was a vast new range of audiences and applications for photography. From untutored snap-shooter to specialized professional, the swelling ranks of photographers produced a sprawling diversity of new pictures, which recorded and helped to create modern America. At the same time, there arose an elite movement that withdrew from the undisciplined bustle of the modern world and claimed for photography a position among the fine arts." "The first part of the introductory essay concisely outlines the evolution and interplay of photography's high-art and vernacular traditions. The second part traces the growth of the pioneering photography program at The Museum of Modern Art in which Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen, and other leading American photographers played decisive roles." "Luc Sante's essay, "A Nation of Pictures," places photography at the center of a lively reconsideration of modern American culture, which touches on music, the movies, the magazines, and a great deal more." "A splendid gallery of photographs follows the essays. American photography from Jacob Riis and Alfred Stieglitz to Richard Avedon and Diane Arbus is set forth through a carefully ordered sequence, in which groups of pictures conceived as works of fine art alternate with groups of pictures that served a myriad of worldly functions. Major figures, such as Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Harry Callahan, and Robert Frank, are each represented by six or more photographs. Dozens of other distinguished photographers are included as well, and many remarkable but unfamiliar pictures join the landmark works."--Jacket
Andreas Gursky by Peter Galassi( Book )

37 editions published in 2001 in 4 languages and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Andreas Gursky' s large color photographs vividly encapsulate our world of high-tech industry, global markets, easy travel, and slick commerce. Gursky has tracked the contemporary zeitgeist from his native Germany to such far-flung places as Hong Kong, Brasilia, Cairo, New York, Shanghai, Stockholm, Tokyo, Paris, Singapore, and Los Angeles. His subjects include international stock exchanges, vast hotels and apartment buildings, sporting championships and parliaments, and midnight raves attended by casts of thousands." "This large-format book is published to accompany the first American retrospective of Gursky's work, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in the spring of 2001. Its full-page plates and generous details survey the artist's career from 1984 to the present. Peter Galassi's richly illustrated essay provides the first in-depth study of the artistic contexts, working methods, and evolution of Gursky's photography. The book concludes with a detailed Exhibition Chronology and Bibliography."--Jacket
Roy DeCarava, a retrospective by Roy DeCarava( Book )

19 editions published in 1996 in 3 languages and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DeCarava is famous for his black and white photographs of jazz musicians and everyday people in New York City
Aleksandr Rodchenko by Magdalena Dabrowski( Book )

23 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is published to accompany the first major American retrospective of Rodchenko's work, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in the summer of 1998. The essays in Aleksandr Rodchenko explore both phases of his career, drawing out the formal ideas that he developed as well as the social and artistic context in which he moved. The book's plate section, reproducing over 300 works carefully selected from collections in Russia and throughout the West, for the first time presents a full and coherent overview of his diverse achievement. An illustrated chronology outlines the story of the artist's life."--Jacket
Corot in Italy : open-air painting and the classical-landscape tradition by Peter Galassi( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and Italian and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical study of Corot's Italian landscapes which also looks at the significance of early outdoor painting in Italy and shows how Corot's work marks the culmination of the Neoclassical tradition. Galassi shows how Corot's works point both forward to Impressionism and back to the past
Walker Evans & company by Peter Galassi( Book )

22 editions published in 2000 in 3 languages and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the heart of this book lies the work of the great American photographer Walker Evans, who radically expanded the possibilities of photography as an art. Photographers before Evans had certainly conceived of their pictures as art, but in order to make that claim they had most often aimed at a cultivated visual style that would advertise its differences from the vast mass of reportorial and vernacular photography. Evan's work of the late 1920s and 1930s, however, was direct and plainspoken, conclusively demonstrating how richly articulate and challenging a photograph could become by affecting no more than a hard, clear, observant gaze at the world beyond the lens." "Evans is the moving force of Walker Evans & Company, but the book, which presents over 300 works, in photography and other mediums, by over 100 artists, has a larger subject: it is a generously expansive study of a diverse, long-lived visual tradition. Beginning with the great influences on Evans - American vernacular photography, and the work of the Europeans Eugene Atget and August Sander - Peter Galassi goes on to chart Evan's own influence on later generations of artists. That influence may be direct, or roundabout; it may also be a question less of a definite lineage than of a general inheritance, a shared focus of interest or mode of approach."--Jacket
Making choices : 1929, 1939, 1948, 1955 by Peter Galassi( Book )

19 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book is published to accompany the second of three cycles of exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art. The first cycle, ModernStarts, explored the period from 1880 to 1920; Making Choices considers the years between 1920 and 1960; the third cycle, Open Ends, will concentrate on art since 1960." "More than 300 works are reproduced in Making Choices, representing all of the Museum's curatorial departments: architecture and design, drawings, film and video, painting and sculpture, photography, and prints and illustrated books. By selecting four years from a span of four decades, the authors were able for each year to delve deeply into the Museum's rich collection, assembling many fascinating but unfamiliar works along with justly famous masterpieces. The resulting groupings and juxtapositions reflect the simultaneous convergence and divergence of a wide range of creative endeavors at any one moment. For example: Christina's World, an outstanding example of Andrew Wyeth's realist dissent from modernist innovation, and Number 1, 1948, Jackson Pollock's landmark experiment in abstraction, were both painted in 1948. In this lively book, they face each other on opposite pages, challenging the reader to grapple with the vital multiplicity of modern art."--Jacket
Friedlander by Lee Friedlander( Book )

20 editions published in 2005 in English and German and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The hipster wit and graphic verve of Lee Friedlander's irreverent glimpses of the city street and tongue-in-cheek self-portraits of the 1960s delivered a bracing jolt to American photography. Since the early 1970s his mastery of craft, playful affection for tradition, and voracious curiosity have transformed that early style into a fluid stream of observation, ever more capacious, nimble, and sensuous. Working in extended series that he often makes into books - some two dozen so far - Friedlander has become one of the most prolific artists in photography's history. The considerable range of his work over the past five decades - including portraits, nudes, still lifes, and studies of people at work - is anchored in a uniquely vivid and far-reaching vision of the American scene." "Friedlander, published to accompany a major retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, generously surveys the entire range of the photographer's work to date in 764 plates presented as a unfolding series of family groups. Some groups are devoted to major projects - including Self Portrait (1970), The American Monument (1976), Portraits (1985), Nudes (1991), and Sticks & Stones: Architectural America (2004) - while others, rigorously organized by date, theme, and style, further enable readers to chart the evolution of an extraordinary rich career. The book's large pages accommodate telling juxtapositions as well as ample reproductions of Friedlander's square-format photographs of the past decade, when a change of cameras made all of his old problems new again and opened fresh paths of discovery. The plates conclude with a suite of landscapes made in the American West, published for the first time. At once magisterial and bizarre, these pictures attest to the undiminished vitality of Friedlander's eye." "In the book's main essay, Peter Galassi, the Museum's Chief Curator of Photography, offers the first in-depth account of Friedlander's career. Richard Benson, Dean of the Yale University School of Art, contributes a second essay telling the story of his own role in making Friedlander's books. The first detailed catalogue of Friedlander's books, special editions, and portfolios, along with a chronology and bibliography, conclude the volume."--Jacket
Pictures of the Times : a century of photography from the New York times by Peter Galassi( Book )

19 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This lively collection of 154 outstanding photographs, selected from more than five million in the picture library of The New York Times, spans the twentieth century. Here, as in the Times itself, photography's gaze is omnivorous. Included are vivid pictures of both world wars; of presidents, mayors, dictators, and celebrities; of Beatles fans and Halley's comet; of victims and perpetrators, riots and disasters; of Bill Bradley on the court and Willie Mays sliding into home - and a great deal more
Henri Cartier-Bresson : the modern century by Henri Cartier-Bresson( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is one of the most influential and beloved figures in the history of photography. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this is the first major publication to make full use of the extensive holdings of the Fondation Cartier-Bresson--including thousands of prints and a vast resource of documents relating to the photographer's life and work. The heart of the book surveys Cartier-Bresson's career through 300 photographs divided into 12 chapters. A wide-ranging essay by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum, offers an entirely new understanding of Cartier-Bresson's extraordinary career and its overlapping contexts of journalism and art
Jeff Wall by Jeff Wall( Book )

18 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jeff Wall's large color transparencies set forth an imposing and seductive pictorial world. Ranging from the gritty realism of the city street to bizarre flights of fantasy, his photographs have won him wide recognition as one of the most adventurous and accomplished artists of the past three decades. This book accompanies a major retrospective jointly organized in 2007 by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Neal Benezra, Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Between showings in New York and San Francisco, the show visits The Art Institute of Chicago." "Born in 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he lives and works, Jeff Wall has charted an ambitious and unique path through the maze of contemporary art, drawing upon such diverse resources as Conceptual art, Neorealist cinema, philosophy, literature, critical theory, modernist photography, and the venerable tradition of European painting. The exhibition includes all of his major works to date, which are reproduced here along with several very recent pictures and a generous selection of artistic sources, cousins, and echoes. The latter are illustrations to Galassi's essay, which sketches the breadth and originality of Wall's artistic and intellectual universe and challenges conventional interpretations of his development and achievement. The book also includes an interview with the artist by James Rondeau, Frances & Thomas Dittmer Chairman, Department of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago."--Jacket
Pleasures and terrors of domestic comfort by Peter Galassi( Book )

16 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip-Lorca diCorcia by Philip-Lorca DiCorcia( Book )

9 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip-Lorca diCorcia was born in 1953 and lives in New York. His inventively staged and exquisitely crafted color photographs occupy a special place in contemporary art. Operating in the gap between postmodern fiction and documentary fact, between slick convention and fresh perception, they deliver a powerful emotional charge
Nicholas Nixon : pictures of people by Nicholas Nixon( Book )

11 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" The contemporary American photographer Nicholas Nixon is the subject of a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art from September 15 to November 13,1988. Organized by Peter Galassi, curator, Department of Photography, NICHOLAS NIXON: PICTURES OF PEOPLE presents approximately 120 black-and-white photographs surveying Nixon's work of the past decade. In this work Nixon has brought fresh conviction to the idea that sympathetic pictures of ordinary people can address the deepest human values." - Excerpt from MoMA Press Release August 1988 (see link)
Gustave Caillebotte : a retrospective exhibition, 1976-1977, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-October 22 to January 2, the Brooklyn Museum-February 12 to April 24 by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces of Eden : travels in the desert Southwest by Mark Klett( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the tradition of the great 19th century landscape photographers, Klett has produced a beautiful body of work that documents his travels throughout the southwestern states. Klett uses Polaroid materials, writing date and title directly onto each print. Traces of Eden is beautifully printed both in duotone and color on matte stock. Features essays by Denis Johnson and Peter Galassi"
Henri Cartier-Bresson : the modern century by Henri Cartier-Bresson( Book )

32 editions published in 2010 in 5 languages and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book ... is the first significant volume to draw fully on the extensive holdings of the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris. Many of the photographs are images made famous by The Decisive Moment and subsequent publications, but many others have rarely - if ever - been published before ... Galassi's essay explores the varied and often competing artistic, intellectual, social and professional frames of reference that shaped Cartier-Bresson, offering a fresh understanding of the panoramic scope of the photographer's work, from his Surrealist innovations of the late 1930s to his photojournalism and late work ... With 456 reproductions in colour and duotone"--Jacket
Robert Frank in America by Peter Galassi( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, based on the Frank collection at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, focuses on his American work. Its sequence of 131 plates integrates twenty-two photographs from "The Americans" with more than 100 images to chart the major themes and pictorial strategies of his work in the United States in the 1950s. The text reconsiders Frank's first photographic career and examines how he used the range of photography's 35mm vocabulary to reclaim the medium's artistic tradition from the hegemony of the magazines
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
American photography, 1890-1965, from the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Andreas GurskyRoy DeCarava, a retrospectiveAleksandr RodchenkoWalker Evans & companyMaking choices : 1929, 1939, 1948, 1955FriedlanderPictures of the Times : a century of photography from the New York timesHenri Cartier-Bresson : the modern century
Alternative Names
Galassi, Peter J.

Galassi, Peter J. 1951-

Johnston Galassi, Peter.

Johnston-Galassi, Peter 1951-

Peter Galassi American writer, curator, and art historian

Peter Galassi Amerikaans historicus

Peter Galassi historiador estadounidense

Peter Galassi historiador estauxunidense

Peter Galassi historiador norte-americano

Peter Galassi storico statunitense