Washington, DC

“Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries”

National Gallery of Art

In the first half of the twentieth century, Alfred Stieglitz did more to introduce modern art to an American public than—arguably—any other single individual. Even for all of his fame as a photographer, he will probably be best remembered as an art dealer, a profession whose commercial activities he disdained. In an era when ego and greed have earned many gallerists the kind of reputation usually reserved for used-car salesmen, it is remarkable that a major American museum—the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, no less—would organize an exhibition that acknowledges the contribution made to the history of modern art by its premiere American dealer.

“Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries” was organized by Sarah Greenough, curator of photographs at the National Gallery and an acknowledged expert on Stieglitz. The National Gallery was

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