Berenice Abbott: Portraits of Modernity at Fundación MAPFRE

An exhibition of works by Berenice Abbott at the Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona, focuses on the photographer’s fascination with modernity. Throughout her career, Abbott continued to explore the concept and its complexities in her portraiture, documentary photography and scientific-themed photographs. Prints from several important North American collections including The New York Public Library, The George Eastman Museum (Rochester, New York), The International Center of Photography (New York) and the MIT Museum (Cambridge, Massachusetts) form part of a display of almost two hundred vintage photographs, arranged into thematic sections.

Abbott is widely regarded as one of the most important twentieth-century American photographers, beginning her career as Man Ray’s studio assistant and subsequently photographing artists and intellectuals including Max Ernst and Jean Cocteau in Paris. Returning to New York at the end of the 1920s, in 1935 Abbott began her series Changing New York with the support of the Federal Art Project. Abbott documented the city in an era of significant economic and architectural development, as well as aesthetic upheaval. Her work incorporates principles of the European avant-garde movements into the artistic development of the East Coast of the United States during the 1920s and 1930s.

Berenice Abbott: Portraits of Modernity is curated by Estrella de Diego, professor of Contemporary Art at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition runs through 19 May 2019 in the Casa Garriga Nogués Exhibition Hall.

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