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Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958), Charis Wilson, Santa Monica, 1936, gelatin silver print on paper, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Monterey Museum of Art, Gift of Cole Weston
Aug 22, 2018
throughNov 16, 2018

Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

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Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist is on view August 22 through November 16, 2018, in the Harnett Museum of Art. The exhibition presents more than 120 photographs by Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958). Ranging in date from 1903 to 1946, the exhibition includes his earliest photographs with later works from his career, demonstrating similarities as well as refinement in subject matter, style, and aesthetic exploration. Comparing Weston’s photographs created when he was a teenager through his early twenties with his later masterworks, the exhibition demonstrates the evolution of his singular vision, finding essential forms in his subjects and perfecting his hallmark sense of composition.

In 1902, at the age of sixteen, Weston took up photography in Highland, Park, Illinois, when his father gave him a Bull’s Eye No. 2 camera. He moved to Tropico, California, in 1907, where he constructed his first studio and began his pursuit of becoming a professional photographer. In 1929, Weston moved to Carmel and became one of the founding members of Group f/64 along with Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, and Imogen Cunningham.

The early works on view in the exhibition are from photograph albums compiled by Weston’s first wife, Flora Chandler Weston, and later given to their children. The subjects are primarily family members and landscapes. The later photographs are lent by the Monterey Museum of Art and Monterey Peninsula College, both in California, and the selection includes several of Weston’s iconic images such as “Bertha, Glendale,” 1927; “Pepper,” 1930; “Dunes, Oceano,” 1936; and “Nude, New Mexico,” 1937.

The exhibition was curated by Graham Howe and inaugurated at the Monterey Museum of Art as an exhibition originated and toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions with loans from the Monterey Museum of Art and the Bolt/Chandler family. The exhibition and programs at the University of Richmond Museums are made possible in part with funds from the Louis S. Booth Arts Fund. A catalogue, published by Merrell Publishers, London and New York is available.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m.
6 p.m., Lecture, Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts
“Edward Weston: Lover of Life”
Alex Nyerges, Director, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
7 to 8 p.m., Reception and viewing of the exhibition Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist
Harnett Museum of Art, University Museums, Modlin Center for the Arts

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk, Harnett Museum of Art, Modlin Center for the Arts
“The Technicalities of Edward Weston” Brittany Nelson, Assistant Professor of Photography, University of Richmond

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m.
Family Arts Day Celebration, University Museums and Modlin Center for the Arts
Join us for a FREE! arts-centered family fun day with the exhibitions Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist, Man Up! Man Down! Images of Masculinity from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection, Infinite Choices: Abstract Drawings by Al Held, Warm Worlds and Otherwise: Brittany Nelson and Danishta Rivero, and The Human Comedy: Prints and Drawings by Isabel Bishop, hands-on art activities, and refreshments
3 p.m. Performance, Alice Jepson Theatre, featuring Theatre Heroes, Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition
(paid tickets required for performance, for information visit

Friday, November 2, 2018, 1 to 1:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk, Harnett Museum of Art, Modlin Center for the Arts
Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Edward Weston: Lover of Life

Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

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