Washington, DC

Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and his New York Galleries

National Gallery of Art
Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
January 28–April 22

Picabia called Alfred Stieglitz “the man best informed in this whole revolution in the arts,” and the founder of the Photo-Secession often supplied the historical staging grounds for that sweeping turnover. Beginning with “291” in 1908 and continuing at the Intimate Gallery and An American Place, Stieglitz gave the avant-garde a New York home mounting Picasso’s first US exhibition and early shows of Matisse, Brancusi, and Cézanne, as well as Americans Arthur Dove, Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe. With almost 200 works by these and others, the National Gallery places Stieglitz at the vital center of the art he championed—the gallerist as visionary. Jan. 28-Apr. 22.

—Vine Aletti