New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

A Fiftieth Anniversary at Twenty-Seven

Looking Forward, Looking Back: An Exhibition to Honor 50 Years at Pace Gallery
Edward Weston, Tina Reciting, 1924

Celebrating a 50th birthday is always a milestone, but even more so when the celebrant is a photography gallery that has represented some of photography’s most iconic artists. This exhibition is testament to The Pace Gallery’s role in cultivating photography as a modern art form, and includes such stellar names as Robert Frank, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, and Paul Strand, among others. (Pace/MacGill was established in 1983 when Peter Macgill joined in partnership with the Pace gallery to form Pace/Macgill.) This exhibition also defers a bit to photography’s future, with Paul Graham’s “a shimmer of possibility” a work combining stills, video and conceptual art chosen to reflect 21st century sensibilities, although its inclusion seems like an afterthought.

What will attract and rivet your attention are the vintage images on loan from various private and public collections, many of which Pace/Macgill has handled over the years. As soon as you leave the gallery’s elevator, you are greeted with several images from Robert Frank’s The Americans, but you quickly see there are other photographs of equal or even greater importance. Alfred Stieglitz is well represented, with an extended portrait of four photographs of Georgia O’Keefe, including Torso (1918), Hands and Breasts (1918), and Hands (1919). There’s an Edward Weston series that includes the well-known photograph of Tina Modotti’s breast (1921). And it’s a thrill to see the four portraits that Irving Penn took of Miles Davis’s hands. Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler complete the gallery’s look back. You’d be well advised to take a look now—who knows when a collection of this magnitude might be seen again all at once.

 by unidentified photographer.
Alfred Stieglitz, “Georgia O’Keefe”

Looking Forward, Looking Back: An Exhibition to Honor 50 Years at Pace Gallery

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Friday, September 17 to
Saturday, October 23, 2010
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