Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Contemporary Landscape Photography

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Contemporary Landscape Photography an exhibition on view March 26–August 14, 2011.


Abandoned Apartment, Dresden-Cotta, 2005. Fredrik Marsh (American, b. 1957). Inkjet print; 50.8 x 62.1 cm. The Charlotte Ekker and Charlotte Van der Veer Memorial Fund 2010.219 © 2005, Fredrik Marsh

Since the 1960s, contemporary photographers pursuing the landscape as subject matter have predominantly used two conceptual approaches. One is epitomized by the iconic landscapes of Ansel Adams, who sought out pristine views of the natural landscape—rivers, mountains, valleys, orchards, deserts, and the sea in the western United States—all presented with clarity and enriched by his poetic vision and commitment to environmental conservation. The other style sought to balance the depiction of formal beauty with the desire to document humanity’s presence and intervention in the landscape. The pioneering photography of Robert Adams is a leading, articulate expression of that approach. This survey show featuring these two methods of recording the natural landscape is drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s permanent collection, and contains some 40 images—many of them new to the collection.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this exhibition with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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