Shared Intelligence, companion catalog to the exhibition of the same name, explores the stimulating and productive relationship between painting and photography in American art. The essays in this beautifully illustrated book describe how this dynamic developed, beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing to the twenty-first—from Thomas Eakins to the Stieglitz circle and Georgia O’Keeffe to contemporary art. The book shows that while the initial proponents of photography were struggling to secure its place among the fine arts, photography’s inherent expressiveness was leading painters to use the camera in their work. And as cameras and photographs became part of American culture, photographic seeing—how a photograph freezes, flattens, enlarges, and crops its subject—began to affect artists’ visual representations. This gorgeous volume, which also includes interviews with artists Robert Bechtle, Barkley Hendricks, and Sherrie Levine, documents the complex ways in which painting and photography have influenced one another—not to undermine each’s originality, but to celebrate the deep, continuing connections between them.
Introduction: Making It Real
Composite Images in a Hybrid Medium by Thomas Eakins and His Contemporaries
Calling the Shots: Negotiating Photographic Authority in the Paintings of Frederic Remington and Elbridge Ayer Burbank
Embodied Intelligence in the Stieglitz Circle
Georgia O'Keeffe and Photography: A Refined Regard
Barbara Buhler Lynes
Henry Koerner, Honoré Sharrer, and the Subversion of Reality: "Magic Realism" and the Photograph
Something Old, Something New
Ghosts of Ghosts: On the Uses of Photography in Contemporary Painting
The Devil's Bargain: An Interview with Robert Bechtle
After Sherrie Levine: An Interview with the Artist by Jeanne Siegel
The Mechanical Sketchbook: An Interview with Barkley Hendricks
Barbara Buhler Lynes, Curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Museum Research Center, is the author of many other publications, including Georgia O’Keeffe Catalogue Raisonné. Jonathan Weinberg is the author of several books, including Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art and Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin.
"Shared Intelligence looks at what painters have borrowed from photography over the past century. What emerges is the painter’s growing respect for a sister medium as well as the primacy of the photograph in the modern world. To paint photographically has become a significant hallmark in contemporary art."—Wanda M. Corn, author of Women Building History: Public Art at the 1893 Columbian Exposition
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