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Shared Intelligence

American Painting and the Photograph

Barbara Buhler Lynes (Editor), Jonathan Weinberg (Editor)

Available worldwide

Hardcover, 240 pages
ISBN: 9780520269064
March 2011
$48.95, £38.00
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.
Director's Foreword

Introduction: Making It Real
Jonathan Weinberg

Composite Images in a Hybrid Medium by Thomas Eakins and His Contemporaries
Michael Leja

Calling the Shots: Negotiating Photographic Authority in the Paintings of Frederic Remington and Elbridge Ayer Burbank
Melissa Wolfe

Embodied Intelligence in the Stieglitz Circle
Kathleen Pyne

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
Robert Cozzolino

Something Old, Something New
Michael Lobel

Ghosts of Ghosts: On the Uses of Photography in Contemporary Painting
Suzanne Hudson

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

Exhibition Checklist
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.
“This fascinating look at the intersections and overlaps of painting and photography will be enjoyed by aficionados of both mediums.”—Ashley M. Biggers New Mexico Magazine
“Well-documented and very informative.”—P. C. Bunnell Choice
“This heavily illustrated volume . . . is recommended for large institutions whose holdings emphasize modern and contemporary painting.”—Arlis/Na Reviews
"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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