isitor’s to Oklahoma City have the opportunity to view two stellar exhibitions at the OKC Museum of Art – “Ansel Adams: An American Perspective” and “Brett Weston: Land, Sea, and Sky, Recent Gifts from the Christian Keesee Collection.” Both exhibits will be available for viewing through June 1. In celebration of a recent gift of 150 photographs by the noted American photographer Brett Weston, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has organized “Brett Weston: Land, Sea, and Sky” to be on view through June 1. This exhibition includes examples from 1940 to 1985, and consist predominantly of mud, rock, and ice abstractions, in addition to examples highlighting Brett’s travels to Baja California, Michigan, Florida, Alaska, Mexico, and Japan. Brett’s work often incorporates the use of close-ups and abstracted details, displaying a preference for high-contrast imagery, which reduces his subjects to pure form. Throughout his career, he has repeatedly photographed subjects including tangled kelp, plant leaves, and knotted roots and has made numerous photography trips to Europe, Baja California, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii, among other locations. He spent a considerable amount of time taking photographs in Hawaii, during the 1980s, before his death in his Kona home in 1993.
Ansel Adams: Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona, 1937
Ansel Adams: Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1944
In conjunction with “Brett Weston: Land, Sea, and Sky,” the Museum opened “Ansel Adams: An American Perspective.” Organized by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, this exhibition features nearly sixty photographs by the iconic American photographer Ansel Adams. “Ansel Adams: An American Perspective” is an overview of Adams’ life from his early years when he discovered the beauty and solace of the American West with images of Sierra Nevada, Yosemite Valley, and Glacier National Park, to his portraits of close friends and fellow artists, and finally to his signature black-and-white photographs celebrated worldwide. The exhibition sheds light on the energy, intelligence, and risks he took in order to succeed as an artist, conservationist, and human being. It introduces lesser-known aspects of Adams’ work alongside his most celebrated images that, in the age of climate change and urban sprawl, continue to strike a chord in our collective awareness and satisfy our ideas of natural beauty.
Brett Weston: Untitled [leaves, Hawaii], 1981.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City’s Arts District, at 415 Couch Drive. Visit the Museum online at www.okcmoa.com or call 405-236-3100 for admission pricing, hours of operation or more information. Brett Weston: Untitled [mud cracks], 1954.
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