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  • “Photographs, Drawings, and Collages by Frederick Sommer”

    Baltimore Museum of Art
    10 Art Museum Drive
    March 3–June 20, 1999

    If Sommer’s latter-day Surrealism is an acquired taste, the influence of his photography is guaranteed by its exquisite craftsmanship and fearless technical experimentalism. Whether employing smoke and cellophane to produce negatives, or cutting up old engravings to make collages that he later photographed, Sommer pursued a path unique in postwar photography. In addition to exhibiting fine examples of the photographs, curator Jay Fisher aims to enlarge our understanding of this idiosyncratic career by including drawings and collages that Sommer produced as works of art in their own right. The thirty-five pieces in the show were made between 1940 and 1960.