Alfred Stieglitz: Sexism at the Heart of Modern Art?


On the 1st of January 1864, seminal photographer Alfred Stieglitz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. Modern art historians believe that the equally prolific editor and art dealer did more than anyone else to bring European avant-garde art to the American public during the first two decades of the 20th century. The son of a German immigrant, he spent most of the 1880s in Berlin and returned to the USA in 1890 with an international reputation as a photographer. After various ventures which involved setting up photographic studios and groups, he opened 291 Gallery on Fifth Avenue, New York in 1905. Originally known as “Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession” this was, surprisingly, the first American space where exhibitions of Matisse (1908), Toulouse-Lautrec (1909), Henri Rousseau (1910), Picabia (1913), Severini (1917) and the first one-man exhibition of Brancusi anywhere (1914) were shown. It was also here where the first…

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