Berenice Abbott  (American, 1898-1991) 

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Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991) was a notable photographer, born in Springfield, OH. After studying at Ohio State University, she traveled to New York to study sculpture, where she met Modernist visionaries Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968) and Man Ray (American, 1890–1976). Abbott began studying photography in the early 1920s, when she traveled to Europe and briefly attended both the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and the Kunstschule in Berlin. While working as Man Ray’s assistant in Paris, Abbott first encountered the work of photographer Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927), whose influence became apparent in Abbott’s own work. Shortly thereafter, Abbott established a portrait studio, and photographed various artists and literary figures living in Paris, including James Joyce. Her first exhibition took place in 1926 at the Au Sacre du Printemps Gallery. In 1929, Abbott journeyed back to the United States and began what is perhaps her best-known project, a series of iconic photographs of New York City, which would make up her 1937 exhibition, Changing New York. Her book, also titled Changing New York, was subsequently published in 1938. Abbott was a teacher at the New School for Social Research until 1958, and established the Photo League with fellow American photographer Paul Strand (American, 1890–1976) in 1936. She died in Monson, ME in 1991.

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Berenice Abbott, Manhattan Bridge

 

Berenice Abbott
Manhattan Bridge
circa 1930

Thomas V. Meyer Fine Art
Berenice Abbott, Treasury Building from J.P. Morgan's Office

 

Berenice Abbott
Treasury Building from J.P. Morgan's Office
circa 1930

Thomas V. Meyer Fine Art
Berenice Abbott, Tri-Boro Barber School

 

Berenice Abbott
Tri-Boro Barber School
circa 1930

Thomas V. Meyer Fine Art
Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget, Paris

 

Berenice Abbott
Eugene Atget, Paris
1927

Thomas V. Meyer Fine Art
Berenice Abbott, Fifth Avenue Coach, New York

 

Berenice Abbott
Fifth Avenue Coach, New York
1932

Michael Shapiro Photographs
Berenice Abbott, Fifth Avenue

 

Berenice Abbott
Fifth Avenue
Martina Hamilton Fine Arts
Berenice Abbott, Barclay Street Station

 

Berenice Abbott
Barclay Street Station
Martina Hamilton Fine Arts
Berenice Abbott, Brooklyn Billboards

 

Berenice Abbott
Brooklyn Billboards
Martina Hamilton Fine Arts
Berenice Abbott, Butcher Shop

 

Berenice Abbott
Butcher Shop
Martina Hamilton Fine Arts
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Berenice Abbott, Wrought Iron Ornament, 112-114 W. 11th Street, Manhattan. Oversized

 

Berenice Abbott
Wrought Iron Ornament, 112-114 W. 11th Street, Manhattan. Oversized, 1937
silver print

 

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Berenice Abbott, Under the El at the Battery

 

Berenice Abbott
Under the El at the Battery, 1936
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Berenice Abbott, Jacob Heymann Butcher Shop, 345 Sixth Avenue

 

Berenice Abbott
Jacob Heymann Butcher Shop, 345 Sixth Avenue, 1938
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1898   Born in Springfield, OH, USA
1923   Hired by Man Ray as a darkroom assistant at his portrait studio in Montparnasse, France
1929   Moved to New York City and begins chronicling the architecture and urban life of the 1930s
1970   Her first major retrospective exhibition is hold at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
1989   Received the International Center of Photography's Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, NY, USA
1991   Died in Monson, ME, USA
2006   Berenice Abbott Exhibitions in 2006:
Speaking with Hands, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
American Icons, Corkin Shopland Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
7 Documentarians, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI, USA
2005   Berenice Abbott Exhibitions in 2005:
Boîte à conserves, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Germany
Europe in Art: A HVB Group Project, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Hungary
2004   Berenice Abbott Exhibitions in 2004:
Duality/Dialectic, Davison Art Center, Middletown, CT, USA
Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art from 1880 to the Present, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2003   Berenice Abbott Exhibitions in 2003:
Berenice Abbott's Circle: New York/Paris, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Enchanted Evening, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Vintage Photographs of NYC from the 1930s and 1940s, Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA, USA
Künstlerphotographien: Berühmte Photographen portraitieren berühmte Künstler, Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany
Une autre modernité: La question de la ville, 1915-1950, Musée dart contemporain de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
2002   Berenice Abbott Exhibitions in 2002:
Shopping, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
New York, New York: The City in Photographs, Staley Wise, New York, NY, USA
Star Spangled Spirit, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2001   Berenice Abbott Exhibitions in 2001:
Vital Form: American Art in the Anatomic Age, 1940-1960, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA
The Photograph and the American Dream: The Stephen White Collection II, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2000   Berenice Abbott Exhibitions in 2000:
Portfoglio: Photographs of a Century, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany
Photography in Boston: 1955-1985, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, USA
150 Years of Photography, Davison Art Center, Middletown, CT, USA
Desiring Eye: Retrospective of photography from Moderna Museet, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania
Lécole de Paris, 1904-1929: La part de l'Autre, Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM/ARC), Paris, France
1999   Berenice Abbott: Changing New York, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Duesseldorf, Germany
1998   Berenice Abbott Exhibitions in 1998:
Changing New York, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY, USA
Images from the Machine Age, International Center of Photography, New York, NY, USA
Photographs by Berenice Abbott, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, USA
Spirit of the Metropolis: Berenice Abbott's New York, Davison Art Center, Middletown, CT, USA
1997   Tower Gallery, Yokahama, Japan
1996   Retrospective, International Center for Photography, New York, NY, USA
1995   Photo Poche #61, Hank O'Neal, Paris, France
1994   FNAC Galeries Photo, Paris, France
1991   Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, USA
1990   Berenice Abbott Exhibitions in 1990:
Group Exhibition, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Group Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, D.C., USA
1989   A Modern Vision, New York Public Library New York, NY, USA
1988   Aperture #9, Julia Van Haafte, New York, NY, USA
1986   Retrospective, Ikona Gallery Venice, Italy
1985   Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
1982   Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA
1981   Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY, USA
1973   New York in the ThirtiesM, Elizabeth McCaus, New York, NY, USA
1970   Berenice Abbott Photographs Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
1969   The Attractive Universe, E.G. Valens, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
1968   A Portrait of Maine, E.G. Valens, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
1953   San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
1939   Changing New York, Elizabeth McCaus, New York, NY, USA
1937   Changing New York, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY, USA
1928   First Salon of Independent Photographers, Paris, France
1926   Au Sacre du Printemps, Paris, France
1973    McCausland, Elizabeth. Changing New York. New York: Dutton, 1939. Reprint: New York in the Thirties, as Photographed by Berenice Abbott (New York: Dover).
1968    Hall, Chenoweth. A Portrait of Maine. (New York: Macmillan)
1949    Wysham, Henry. Greenwich Village: Yesterday and Today. (New York: Harper).