An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection

 

An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection

An exhibition of 50 photographs from a very important private collection has just opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photoweenie.com will be posting a review of the exhibition in the near future.

From a MFA press release:
This exhibition of more than 50 photographs will draw from The Lane Collection of early 20th-century American works.  It was assembled by William H. and Saundra B. Lane in the 1960s and ’70s and given to the MFA in 2012 by Saundra Lane.  This world-class collection is renowned for its deep holdings of the work of major American modernist photographers, including Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams.  It also includes a wide range of photographs Mrs. Lane collected since her husband’s death in 1995, such as those by early European masters Charles Negre and William Henry Fox Talbot, the 19th-century inventor of positive-negative photography, all the way up to contemporary artists, among them Irving Penn, Francesca Woodman, Kenro Izu and Adam Fuss. Works by Talbot and Fuss are included in the exhibition’s second rotation.

An Enduring Vision will feature both sides of the collection, shown thematically.  Some of the greatest of the modernist photographs by Sheeler, Weston, Adams, and others will be grouped with notable early 19th-century European images, stunning turn-of-the-century examples of Pictorialism, and strong contemporary work.  These illustrate what makes the “core” Lane pictures so innovative and modern, and the ways in which someone whose eye has been trained to admire these qualities might seek out those same characteristics in work from a variety of different cultures and periods.  The catalogue An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection (MFA Publications, 2011) complements the exhibition, highlighting images personally acquired by Mrs. Lane, as well as those previously collected by the Lanes together.

The facts:
An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection

July 9, 2013 – March 30, 2013
Herb Ritts Gallery
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Charis, Edward Weston (American, 1886–1958) 1942, Photograph, gelatin silver print, The Lane Collection, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Imogen and Twinka, Judy Dater (American, born in 1941), 1974, Photograph, gelatin silver print, The Lane Collection, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Champ-de-Mars, View from the Eiffel Tower, Ilse Bing (American (born in Germany), 1899–1998) 1931, Photograph, gelatin silver print, The Lane, Collection, © Isle Bing Estate, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Susan Sontag and her son, David, N.Y.C., Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971) 1965 Photograph, gelatin silver print, The Lane Collection, Copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston