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Edward Weston : the last years in Carmel
Weston, Edward, 1886-1958.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : The Art Institute of Chicago ; New York : Distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at The Art Institute of Chicago, June 2-Sep. 16, 2001, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Mar. 1-July 9, 2002.
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TR647 .W47 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Seventy-six full-page plates represent work Weston produced between 1938 and 1948, when he lived in Carmel, California. The works were gathered together for a 2001 exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago (scheduled for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art during 2002). This late body of work is quite different from Weston's earlier work and has not previously been exhibited or thoroughly researched. Travis (curator of photography, The Art Institute of Chicago) provides an essay and notes. Oversize: 11.5x11". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Author Notes

David Travis is Curator of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago, where he has directed the photographic acquisitions and exhibitions since 1972. A specialist in the modernist period, he has organized a number of shows and contributed to the catalogues that accompanied them

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Library Journal Review

During the last period of Edward Weston's work, roughly 1938 through 1948, he began to feel the effects of aging and of Parkinson's disease. He had returned to Carmel and Point Lobos, a place that had been the source of many of his most famous images. His (second) marriage to the much younger Charis Wilson was failing, his sons were serving in a war that closed Point Lobos for a time to Weston's photographic forays, and he was battling symptoms of depression, undiagnosed at the time. All contributed to a significant change in his photographic vision. His last landscape images were psychologically darker and less formalistic than those produced earlier in Carmel, and his nudes featuring Wilson were also more somber. After 1948, Weston stopped taking photographs but continued hosting friends and students until his death on New Year's Day, 1958. This is the first book to examine Weston's last body of work, so different from the images that made him famous. Travis, curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, demonstrates his considerable skill with this series of chronologically organized essays and 108 reproductions, published to accompany a traveling exhibit. The illustrations are excellent, as are the essays. Recommended for fine art and photography collections. Kathleen Collins, Bank of America Corporate Archives, San Francisco (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Cole's Storyp. 10
Carmel and Point Lobosp. 14
Freedom and a Homep. 20
The Third Periodp. 28
The War Yearsp. 34
The Last Yearsp. 42
Platesp. 53
Acknowledgmentsp. 136
Editor's Note and Checklistp. 138
Notesp. 141