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Artist: Berenice Abbott (1898 - 1991)
Nationality: American
Movement:
Media: Photography
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Biography:
Bernice Abbott learned the technique of photography in the 1920’s while apprenticing to Man Ray in Paris. She then opened her own studio and produced portraits of the artists and scholars in the city, notably James Joyce and Eugene Atget. After the death of the latter, Abbott helped to promote his work by preserving his negatives and distributing his prints for publications and exhibitions. Upon her return to the United States, she took interest in photographing the cityscape of New York and published a book of her images entitled, Changing New York. From the 1930’s to 1958, Abbott taught at the New School for Social Research.


Artworks in Museum Collections: (60)
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J. Paul Getty Museum -
West Side, Looking North from the Upper 30s
J. Paul Getty Museum -
Union Square, Manhattan
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: 48th Street, Looking Northwest from a Point Between Second and Third
J. Paul Getty Museum -
Exchange Place, New York
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: New York, West side Looking North from Upper 30s (night view)
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Newstand, Southwest Corner of 32nd Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan Date:
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Treasury Building from J. P. Morgan"s Office Date: 1938 Medium: gelatin
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Fifth Avenue Houses, Nos 4,6,8, Manhattan Date: 1936 Medium: gelatin silver
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Beams of Light Through Glass Date: about 1960 Medium: gelatin silver
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: The Pendulum Date: about 1960 Medium: gelatin silver print Dimensions: H.22-1/2
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Waterfront, from Pier 19, East River, New York City Date: August
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: A. Zito Bakery, 259 Bleeker Street, Manhattan Date: 1937 Medium: gelatin
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: New York at Night Date: 1934 Medium: gelatin silver print Dimensions:
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: New York Date: 20th century Medium: gelatin silver print Dimensions: H.8-5/8
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Jacob Heymann Butcher Shop, 345 Sixth Avenue, Manhattan Date: 1938 Medium:
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James Joyce, Berenice Abbott (United States, Ohio, Springfield, 1898 - 1991) , 1928, Gelatin-silver print
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: "Theoline", Pier II, East River, Manhattan Date: 1936 Medium: gelatin silver
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Tri-Boro Barber School, 264 Bowery, Manhattan Date: 1935 Medium: gelatin silver
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Eugene Atget, Berenice Abbott (United States, Ohio, Springfield, 1898 - 1991) , 1927, Gelatin-silver print
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Irving Place Theatre Date: 1938 Medium: gelatin silver print Dimensions: H.7-5/8
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Cherry Street Date: 20th century Medium: gelatin silver print Dimensions: H.7-11/16
J. Paul Getty Museum -
Repair Shop, Christopher Street
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Fortieth Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, N.Y., Berenice Abbott (United States, Ohio, Springfield, 1898 - 1991) , 1938, Gelatin-silver print
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Rail Yards, N.Y.C., Berenice Abbott (United States, Ohio, Springfield, 1898 - 1991) , circa 1936, Gelatin-silver print
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Magnetism, Berenice Abbott (United States, Ohio, Springfield, 1898 - 1991) , 1961, printed 1982, Gelatin-silver print
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Transformation of Energy, Berenice Abbott (United States, Ohio, Springfield, 1898 - 1991) , 1958-1961, Gelatin-silver print
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Repair Shop, Christopher Street, Manhattan Date: 1950 Medium: gelatin silver print
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Flatiron Building, Manhattan Date: 20th century Medium: gelatin silver print Dimensions:
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: West Street, Manhattan Date: 20th century Medium: gelatin silver print Dimensions:
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Berenice Abbott Title: Ferry, West 23rd Street Date: 1935 Medium: gelatin silver print Dimensions:
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’El’ Station, 9th Avenue Line, Berenice Abbott (United States, Ohio, Springfield, 1898 - 1991) , 1936, Gelatin-silver print
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Measurements, Sticks and Balls, Berenice Abbott (United States, Ohio, Springfield, 1898 - 1991) , 1958-1961, Gelatin-silver print
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Portrait of the Author as a Young Woman, Berenice Abbott (United States, Ohio, Springfield, 1898 - 1991) , circa 1930, printed circa 1951, Gelatin-silver print
J. Paul Getty Museum -
Eugène Atget
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Berenice Abbott - Wall Street 1929 Gelatin Silver print Birmingham Museum of Art American
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Berenice Abbott - New York at Night c. 1930 silver gelatin print Dennos Museum Center American
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Berenice Abbott - New York 7, Holland Transportation Company c. 1930's gelatin silver print National Gallery of Art American
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Berenice Abbott - Poultry Shop East 7th Street 1935 gelatin silver print Hofstra Museum American
J. Paul Getty Museum -
Three Prostitutes, rue Asselin
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Berenice Abbott - Vanderbilt Avenue from East 46th Street 1935 gelatin silver print National Gallery of Art American
J. Paul Getty Museum -
Berenice Abbott
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Berenice Abbott - Consolidated Edison Power House, 666 First Avenue, Manhattan 1938 gelatin silver print Cincinnati Art Museum American
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Jakob Steinhardt Berenice, Princess of Judea Woodcut 19th - 20th century
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Monday Market Day, Berenice Kolko (Poland, 1905 - 1970) , Gelatin-silver print
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Tired, Berenice Kolko (Poland, 1905 - 1970) , 1960s, Gelatin-silver print
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Mayan Girl Potter, Berenice Kolko (Poland, 1905 - 1970) , Gelatin-silver print
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Abbott Handerson Thayer David oil on canvas circa 1895
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Henri-Charles GuÈrard Portrait de ma mËre, after James Abbott McNeill Whistler's painting Symphony in Gray, No. ? Etching 19th century
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler The Rag Gatherers Etching 1858
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler Billingsgate Etching 1859
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler Billingsgate etching 1859
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler The Kitchen Etching 1858
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler Hurlingham Etching 1879
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler Pierrot Etching 1889
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler The Little Pool Etching 1861
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler The Dog on the Kennel Etching 1858
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler Billingsgate Etching 1859
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler Fulham etching 1879
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler The Little Putney, No. 1 Etching 1879
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Lorenzo da Sanseverino - Virgin and Child, with Saints Anthony Abbott, Mark, Severino, and Sebastian c. 1490-96 tempera on wood Cleveland Museum of Art Italian

Artnews Articles and Exhibition Information: (33)
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Portland Museum of Art: North and South: Berenice Abbott's U.S. Route 1
What is interesting about this show is that it is a complete body of work in a concentrated time, said Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawing, & Photographs. Abbott works to preserve sites that are specifically 1954, rather than documenting t...

Julia Dean Gallery: Call for Artists: The Berenice Abbott Prize for an Emerging Photographer
Judges: Michael Grecco, commercial photographer
G.Ray Hawkins, owner, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery
Brian Storm, president, MediaStorm
Amy Kawadler, Canon’s Professional Markets Rep Call, visit the website or e-mail for informati...

High Museum: Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection
The High Museum of Art is the only venue for these exhibitions. Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection features approximately 320 masterpieces by renowned photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Richard Avedon, D...

Detriot Institute of Art: Where the Girls Are: Photographs by Women in the Permanent Collection
This exhibition examines the enduring presence of women throughout the history of photography with a survey from the museum’s photograph collection that ranges from the 19th century through the present day. ...

Phoenix Art Museum: Keeping Shadows: Photography from the Worcester Art Museum
From daguerreotypes to digital prints, it includes masterworks by such innovators and icons of the medium as Alfred Stieglitz, Matthew Brady, Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Cecil Beaton, Walker...

Muskegon Museum of Art: Second Nature: Drawings by Karen Klein
She does start with a careful and close study of nature, but transforms what she observes. Referring to the great artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Klein notes that as an artist she must arrange and harmonize into a glorious unity what she pick...

Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsquartier: Robert Adrian X
It’s all about this fuzzy territory between different media, it’s about the vanishing of demarcating definitions.” Quotes from classical modernity, advertising, and media technology or arms-industry artifacts are placed in new, often flowing-spati...

Museum of Photographic Arts: LAST CHANCE: Facts Showered with Light
Like the written word, the photograph fixes perfectly but translates poorly, producing images altogether more luminous, more immense, more mesmerizing and quixotic than what we might actually have seen or...

Davis Museum and Cultural Center: Surrounding Interiors: Views Inside the Car
This exhibition features 24 works by 17 contemporary artists in photography, video, sculpture, painting and multi-media who explore the mutable nature of the car interior. Works by artists Andrew Bush, Nan Goldin and Alex Harris (photography);...

Center of Contemporary Art: 'The Middle Way: Christchurch Meets Bangkok, Bangkok Meets Christchurch
'The Middle Way' in Thai Buddhist terms means: "Travelling the middle way, refuting the extremes and having tolerance for others" and for New Zealand/European artists this could mean, finding 'a type of middle ground'. The Thai artists invol...

Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery: Richard Meryman: For the Love of Painting
Meryman became a portrait painter, receiving commissions from many members of Dublin society, including Rob Sagendorph, founder of Yankee magazine and his wife, beaTrix Sagendorph, founder of the Thorne Gallery. Meryman also painted many digni...

Portland Museum of Art: Andre Kertesz: On Reading
Born in Hungary, Kertész’s journey as a photographer began in 1912, just before being drafted into the army. After returning to Budapest in 1915, Kertész then moved to Paris in 1925. It was there, among literary and avant-garde artistic circles, t...

Victoria and Albert Museum: Seeing Things: Photographing Objects 1850-2001
It features many of the greatest practitioners of photography, including Julia Margaret Cameron, Eugene Atget, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Eggleston, Helen Chadwick as well as prominent younger photographers. Natural Things ...

Sanford L. Smith & Associates: New York Photography Fair
The show offers something for everyone. This is a downtown show, said Sanford Smith, with a mix of emerging and established dealers that appeals to both younger and seasoned ...

J. Paul Getty Center: The Man in the Street: Eugene Atget in Paris
Drawn entirely from the Getty Museum collection, the exhibition includes more than 80 of Atget's images captured during his self-devised and eccentric photographic campaign, which documented as...

Women in Photography: 20th Anniversary Exhibtion: Images of Women - Images of Tea opens at House of Photographic Art (HOPA)
We are thrilled to announce that Linda McCartney's print, T-Pot, will be on exhibit as well as a beautiful serene photograph by her daughter Mary McCartney Donald. Our Anniversary exhibit is a wonderful testament to the success of wo...

Stephen Cohen Gallery: Edmund Teske: Images Out of Time
A pioneering visual artist, Teske was born in Chicago in 1911, where his childhood interest in photography grew into a 60-year pursuit of artistic freedom. His early training at Taliesin with Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s offered Teske import...

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum: Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection
For that reason, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is retooling to present "Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection" from April 17 – June 20. The 65 works comprising the exhibition celebrate the amazing variety of 20th century art that represents...

Women in Photography: Call for Artists: virtual * visual : people - places - things
"Virtual * visual" will feature seventy-four juried images on WIPI's web site. The call for entries is open to female photographers, professional and amateur, using any photographic process. The exhibit will reflect a variety of work from fine ...

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona: Universal Archive. The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia
Thus the creation of Universal Archive. The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia, an exhibition that brings together nearly 2,000 documents (of which the almost 1,000 vintage photographs and prints are of particular interes...

Georgia O'Keefe Museum: Views of the City: 1910–1949
Museum director George G. King said, This exhibition provides the viewer a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Georgia OKeeffe, her colleagues,...

Saint Louis Art Museum: WONDERLAND
The ten artists participating in the exhibition – Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, Stephen Hendee, Bill Klaila, Joep van Lieshout, Ernesto Neto, Pipilotti Rist, Gregor Schneider, ...

Cleveland Museum of Art: Nature Sublime: Landscapes from the Nineteenth Century
During the 19th century, in both European and American art, the landscape emerged as a subject of profound significance. As industry flourished, many artists turned to nature as an escape. Nature Sublime will examine the ways that the major artist...

Taft Museum: Etchings and Drypoints of James McNeill Whistler
This exhibition is sponsored by the Oliver Family Foundation. While Whistler’s paintings were often subjected to harsh criticism, his printed work garnered him a reputation as ...

Women in Photography: Call for Artists: Women In Photography International Celebrates It's 25th Anniversary with a Juried Black & White Print Collection
"Turning Silver" entries will be juried by an accomplished panel of professionals that will include: art directors, curators, editors, gallery owners, photo educators, photographers and publishers. The 100 juried images and artist statements will ...

Whitney Museum: 2000 Biennial Exhibition
For the first time in Biennial history, the exhibition was curated by a group of outside experts working across the country, under the guidance of Whitney Museum director ...

Detroit Institute of Art: American Attitude: Whistler and His Followers
The 63 pieces in the show include 13 paintings by Whistler as well as works by other prominent American artists such as John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Henry Ossawa Tanner. Whistler’s paintings will be juxtapos...

San Diego Museum of Art: The Frame in America: 1860-1960
A unique aspect of The Frame in America is that all ninety-eight frames included in the exhibition are displayed without pictures in order to assist visitors in focusing on each frame’s individual characteristics. Many of the frames are also neste...

Metropolitan Museum of Art: American Drawings and Watercolors: Highlights from the Collection, 1710-1890
The exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to see many of the Museum's American works on paper, which – due to their fragile nature and sensitivity to light – are displayed only periodically. The often informal character or preparatory function ...

Smithsonian, National Museum of American Art and its Rewick Gallery: Treasures to Go!
`Storing treasures that attract more than half a million visitors each year was not an option the staff wanted to consider,` said Elizabeth Broun, director of the Smithsonians American Art Museum. Instead, in January the museum is laun...

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Photography: Processes, Preservation, and Conservation
The exhibition is made possible by the Henry Nias Foundation, Inc. Philippe de Montebello, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explained, From its in...

San Diego Museum of Art: Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 1940-1960
With more than 265 items, the exhibition comprises every category of object imaginable including paintings, sculpture, architectural photography, fashion, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, glass, toys, and graphic design. Among the highlight...

Delaware Art Museum: An American Century of Photography: From Dry-plate to Digital, The Hallmark Photographic Collection

Further Artwork and Information:

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Masters of Photography: Berenice Abbott
NMWA | Private Collection | Profile - Berenice Abbott
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Profotos - Berenice Abbott
Get The Picture: Abbott
ArtsNet Minnesota: Environment: Berenice Abbott
Berenice Abbott artist portrait, brief biography and art
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