Scott Nichols Gallery is pleased to present Brett Weston, Centennial,
an exhibition of photographs spanning over six decades.
The exhibition will be on view from Thursday November 3rd through Saturday, December 31st.
Brett Weston, born December 16, 1911 inherited his father Edward Weston’s love and gift for photography. In the fall of 1925 Edward loaned Brett a 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ Graflex camera. After a few basic instructions from his famous father, Brett’s first photographic explorations gave way to an active career spanning over 68 years. Brett not only assisted Edward, but also collaborated and influenced his esteemed father.
At sixteen he had his first exhibition at UCLA along side his father, Edward Weston. International recognition followed, eighteen of his photographs were included in the influential German exhibition Film and Foto in 1929, which brought together an international group of artists with a highly progressive outlook. He also was part of the Group f-64 show at the M.H. De Young Museum in San Francisco in 1932. By the time the young Weston was in his early 20s his photographs were exhibited in Europe, Japan and throughout the United Sates.
Brett Weston set himself apart from his father by pushing his work into the realm of abstraction, and thus participating in the mid-century movement of abstract art. Brett Weston bridged the gap between representation and abstraction by creating images that were realistically rendered yet composed in such a way as to emphasize abstraction in composition and form. His accomplishments in photography could be seen as a key to understanding the basic tenants of abstract art as expressed by artists working in more obviously interpretive mediums. Merle Armitage wrote of Brett Weston’s work in 1956: “here are the patterns, the arrangements, the designs and the evocations sought by the finest abstract painters.”
Generally considered one of the finest printers in photography, Brett produced sixteen portfolios of original photographs, starting with San Francisco in 1939. He believed passionately in the power of his original prints and chose the portfolio as the way to reach an expanded audience while still maintaining control over image quality.