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Berenice Abbott, Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, New York City, October 24, 1935 © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics
Berenice Abbott, Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, New York City
Berenice Abbott, Photomontage, New York, 1932 © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics
Berenice Abbott, Photomontage, New York
Berenice Abbott, Nightview, New York City, 1935 © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics
Berenice Abbott, Nightview, New York City
Berenice Abbott, Interference pattern, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1958 - 1961 © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics
Berenice Abbott, Interference pattern, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Installation view of Berenice Abbott: Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012, ,  © 2012 Art Gallery of Ontario
Installation view of Berenice Abbott: Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012,
Installation view of Berenice Abbott: Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012, ,  © 2012 Art Gallery of Ontario
Installation view of Berenice Abbott: Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012,
Installation view of Berenice Abbott: Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012, ,  © 2012 Art Gallery of Ontario
Installation view of Berenice Abbott: Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012,
Installation view of Berenice Abbott: Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012, ,  © 2012 Art Gallery of Ontario
Installation view of Berenice Abbott: Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012,
2012 Primary Exhibition

Berenice Abbott
Photographs

May 23–August 19, 2012
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W

Featuring more than 120 photographs, and a selection of books and documents never-before-shown, this is the first exhibition in Canada to cover the many facets of the American photographer, Berenice Abbott (1898 – 1991). A committed member of the avant-garde, and staunch opponent of the Pictorialist movement and the school of Alfred Stieglitz, Abbott spent the whole of her career exploring the limits of documentary photography and photographic realism.

Berenice Abbott: Photographs features four distinct and significant aspects of the photographer’s long and productive career, which all too often has been reduced to a handful of familiar images. From studio portraiture to architectural photography, and from images of vernacular buildings to scientific photography, Abbott’s work reveals a great photographer of matter, space and light.

Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, and the Jeu De Paume, Paris. Presented in partnership with the Ryerson Image Centre and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The presentation in Toronto is supported by Ryerson University, the Ontario Arts Council and Celebrate Ontario. 

Curated by Gaëlle Morel

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