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After Art : Rethinking 150 Years of Photography : Selections from the Joseph and Elaine Monsen Collection.

Author: Chris Bruce and Andy Grundberg

Description: Henry Art Gallery, January 1995. Distributed by the U. of Washington Press, 1995. Paperback.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, After Art asks us to rethink the last century and a half of photography. It's been said that photography is not art in the traditional sense of painting or sculpture and not merely the "pencil or nature" as thought by Talbot but something entirely new an unique that can stand on it's own. Perhaps photography has come into being "After Art." The original exhibit consisted of photographs drawn from the remarkable collection of Joseph and Elaine Monsen and organized by the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle. Through two major essays, Photography Beside Itself by Andy Grundberg and Navigating in the Hall of Mirrors by Chris Bruce and many photographs, this book attempts to survey the development of photography over the last 150 years in order to reveal photography's artistic evolution. Within the collection, the authors point to individual examples illustrating both artistic merit and change. Contains a foreword and acknowledgements by Richard Andrews and reproduces selected images from the exhibition divided into the following subject categories: Landscape, Urban Sites, Image World, Expressionism and Surrealism, Typology and Abstraction. Included is a catalog of works in the exhibition.

Distributed by the U. of Washington Press. An announcement of publication appeared in Book News on 05/01/95.

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