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Frederick Sommer    (American/Italian, 1905-1999)

 Frederick Sommer - Arizona Landscape (Photographs)
Frederick Sommer
Arizona Landscape 1945
 
  

Biography
1927 MA, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., Landscape Architecture
1974 Guggenheim Fellowship
1979 Honorary PhD from the University of Arizona
1982 Friends of Photography Distinguished Career Award
1985 Arizona State University’s College of Fine Arts Award
1985 Artist of the Year by the University of Bridgeport, Conn.
1987 Arizona Governor’s Arts Award

Exhibitions
Solo exhibitions
1937 Howard Putzel Gallery
1946 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
1949 Charles Egan Gallery
1963 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1965 Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
1967 Museum of Northern Arizona
1968 Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1972 Light Gallery, New York, NY
1973 Light Gallery, New York, NY
1977 Light Gallery, New York, NY
1979 Light Gallery, New York, NY
1979 Art Museum at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1980 Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, CA (traveling)
1980 Delaware Art Museum, DE
1981 Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
1985 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
1986 Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
1988 University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
1992 Turner/Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992 Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Photo Gallery International
1994 Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
1994 The Art Museum at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1994 J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA
1994 Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
1996 Pace/MacGill Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997 Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
1999 Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, France
2002 Yavapai Community College, Prescott, AZ
2004 Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005 Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
2005 J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA
2005 Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
2005 Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005 Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
2005 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
2005 Terry Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2005 Snite Museum at Notre Dame
Selected group exhibitions
1941 Images of Freedom, Museum of Modern Art, NY
1946 New Photographers, Museum of Modern Art, NY
1948 In and Out of Focus: A Survey of Today’s Photography,
1948 Museum of Modern Art, NY
1949 Realism in Photography, Museum of Modern Art, NY
1952 Diogenes with a Camera I, Museum of Modern Art, NY
1957 Drawings, Paintings and Photographs, Institute of Design, Chicago, IL
1959 Photography in the Fine Arts: An Exhibition of Great Contemporary Photographs,
1959 Institute of Design, Chicago, IL
1965 Photography in America 1850-1965, Yale University Art Gallery, CT
1971 Thirteen Photographers, Light Gallery, NY
1972 Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Boston, MA
1974 Photography in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1975 From the Center for Creative Photography, Center for Creative Photography,
1975 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1975 Picture Puzzles, Museum of Modern Art, NY
1977 Arizona: Ansel Adams and Frederick Sommer, Arizona Bank Galleria, Phoenix, AZ
1978 Photographs from the Sam Wagstaff Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (traveling)
1980 Light Abstractions, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MI (traveling)
1983 Two Men, Two Visions, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988 Where Images Come From, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (traveling)
1990 Elective Affinities, George Eastman House
1995 Language of Light: Masterworks from the Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan
1995 Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
1998 Photography at Princeton, Princeton University, NJ
2005 Consent to Gravity, RISD, Providence, RI

Literature
The Art of Frederick Sommer: Photography, Drawing, Collage, Keith Davis (published by FFSF and distributed by Yale University Press, 2005)
Frederick Sommer: Selected Texts and Bibliography,Sheryl Conkelton (Oxford: Clio Press, 1995)
Words/Images, Frederick Sommer (Center of Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 1984)
Frederick Sommer at Seventy-Five,A Retrospective, Constance W. Glenn and Jane K. Bledsoe, Introduction by Leland Rice (Long Beach: The Art Museum and Galleries, CSU, 1980)
Venus, Jupiter and Mars: The Photographs of Frederick Sommer, John Weiss, Barbara Wendel, Charles Metzger and Ed Mitchell (Wilmington: Delaware Art Museum, 1980)
Frederick Sommer, Gerald Nordland (Philadelphia: Philadelphia College of Art, 1968)
“Emmet Gowin on Frederick Sommer” contained within the Books on Photography III(1999) sales catalog by Roth Horowitz Booksellers
“Death Imagery in the Work of Four Twentieth-Century Artists: Kathe Kollwitz, Mauricio Lasansky, Frederick Sommer and Jerome Liebling,” by Susan Von Glahn, Master of Fine Arts thesis paper (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1985)
“Frederick Sommer: Photographic and Philosophical Development,” by Mary Ann Fittipaldi, Master of Arts thesis paper (East Texas State University, 1981)
Creative Camera No. 204, Articles by Mark Haworth-Booth and Dawn Ades
Philadelphia Photo Review, Vol. 5 No.1 Spring/Summer 1980, Article by Stephen Perloff
Linguistic & Pictorial Logic of General Aesthetics: A Discussion of the Ornamental Sense of Ideas (A transcription of the Princeton seminars, taught by Frederick Sommer
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