Pair 1: Top, Lee Friedlander, T.V. in Hotel Room, Galax, Virginia (1962), William Eggleston; Bottom, William Eggleston, Untitled (Memphis) (about 1970).

Pair 2: Top, Richard Misrach, Pyramids with Ticket Booth, Egypt (1989); Bottom, Francis Frith, The Ramesseum of El-Kurneh, Thebes, Second View (1858).

Contrasts, Comparisons, Conversations, B of A Photography Collection

Pair 4: Top, Kenneth Josephson, New York State (1970); Bottom, Gustave Le Gray, Seascape with Sailing Ship and Tugboat,

Pair 5: Top, Garry Winogrand, World's Fair, New York City (1964); Bottom, Helen Levitt, New York (about 1940).


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Torf Gallery, 184
Conversations: Photography
from the Bank of America Collection

February 9, 2011-June 19, 2011

Conversations is selected from the wide-ranging art holdings of Bank of America, one of the largest and most comprehensive corporate collections of photography in the world. The collection was significantly influenced by scholars Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, who in the late 1960s assembled a core group of photographs covering the entire history of the medium for The Exchange National Bank of Chicago, a legacy Bank of America institution.
Among artists represented are Gustave Le Gray, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eugène Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Lee Friedlander, Cindy Sherman, Tina Barney, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thomas Struth, Vera Lutter, Vik Muniz, Richard Misrach, Stéphane Couturier, and Alec Soth.

“Conversations” features portraits, still lifes, landscapes, documentary images, and experimental abstractions by more than 100 different artists, grouped thematically to create visual “conversations.” Nineteenth-century works are compared with modern, European juxtaposed with American, close-ups paired with distant views, and staged subjects alongside documentary.

Pair 6: Top, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Mexico (1924); Bottom, Julia Margaret Cameron, Untitled (Mary Emily "May" Prinsep) (October 1870).

Pair 3: Top, Thomas Ruff, d.p.b 08 (2000) Thomas Ruff, d.p.b 08 (2000); Bottom, Jaromir Funke, Light Abstraction (1924-1925)