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Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine


Jewish Museum / New York / Art

After the end of W.W. II, European émigrés made their way to the U.S., bringing the avant-garde with them. Daring design and kinetically playful photography revitalized American magazines of the midcentury, with the combination of American entrepreneurship and European aesthetics ushering in a golden age of creativity. Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, for instance, were headed by immigrant art directors—respectively, Alexey Brodovitch and Alexander Liberman—both of whom commissioned work from Bauhaus masters and German photographers. With 150 pieces, this exhibition celebrates the years between 1930 and 1960. Notable photographs include Martin Munkácsi’s radical Lucile Brokaw, Piping Rock Beach, Long Island (1933), and Brodovitch’s 1935 Choreartium (Three Men Jumping). Works by Richard Avedon, Gordon Parks, Lillian Bassman, and Irving Penn are also on view. —E.C.

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