San Francisco

“Images Of America: Precisionist Painting And Modern Photography”

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

This exhibition’s chief contribution is its documentation of parallel attitudes during the ’20s and ’30s in the United States between the geometricized realism of Precisionist painting, as practiced by Charles Sheeler, Charles Demuth, Joseph Stella, Ralston Crawford, Louis Lozowick, and occasionally Georgia O’Keeffe, among others, and the new, sharply focused “straight” photography advocated in New York by Alfred Stieglitz. Photographers Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, and Paul Outerbridge, Jr., are featured, as is the pioneering California-based Group f.64, which included Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston. In 160 works by 34 artists the survey demonstrated the centrality to both American painting and photography between the two World Wars of industrial, architectural, and mechanical subjects rendered in crisp, linear planes. Exuding the

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