KANSAS CITY, MO.-
Over his long and prolific career, photographer Brett Weston (1911-1993) exemplified the modernist aesthetic. The son of famed photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958), Brett Weston was a natural with the camera: he was still a teenager when he first received high-level, international recognition as a creative artist.
The Photographs of Brett Weston, Nov. 23, 2011, through April 1, 2012, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
in Kansas City, presents a condensed 40-print survey of his long and prolific career. While rare works from the Museums Hallmark Photographic Collection are also included, this exhibition celebrates a gift of 260 Weston prints from Christian K. Keesee, owner of the Brett Weston Archive in Oklahoma City.
This generous gift from Mr. Keesee exemplifies the deep interest in our program on the part of leading collectors and estates across the nation, said Keith F. Davis, senior curator of photography. There is also a wonderful symmetry here: this gift of Brett Westons work compliments one of the earliest photography gifts to the Museum, when Mr. and Mrs. Milton McGreevy donated 60 Edward Weston prints in 1958.
Brett Weston was one of photographys greatest prodigies. After serving as his fathers apprentice, he achieved international recognition at the age of 17 through inclusion in a landmark exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany in 1929.
Westons images are beautifully modulated, unmanipulated black-and-white prints, said Davis. He loved sharp lenses and precision cameras, and he applied this purist approach to a sustained exploration of the idea of abstraction.
Weston always sought an energizing balance between fact and form, the objective reality of the world and the purely graphic logic of pictorial shape and structure. In exploring the graphic language of form, Weston aimed to suggest the deeper possibilities, and mysteries, of familiar things.