Park City, Utah - Kimball Art Center announces the launch of the exhibit, Ansel Adams: Early Works in the Main Gallery from November 6, 2010 - January 9, 2011. Much less familiar are these intimate prints, rich in middle tones, which Adams crafted earlier in his career. This collection of photos has never been shown in Utah and focuses on the masterful small-scale prints made by Adams from the 1920's into the 1950's.
These 50 intimate prints reveal the foundation of Adams' expertise which lead to the high-gloss, high-contrast prints manufactured in the 1970's-80's, coinciding with the emergence of the first retail galleries devoted to photography.
"Kimball Art Center is proud to be the first to showcase these 50 never before shown in Utah photographs that are on loan to us from museum vaults and private collections," says Robin Marrouche, Executive Director. "This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a rare collection of vintage prints from 5 different private collections including his grandson's, Matthew Adams. Ansel Adams has inspired generations in digital photography with his iconic images. We hope this exhibit will have a widespread appeal to our patrons because Utahns are naturally drawn to striking landscapes and so many of us are inspired by his work," says Marrouche.
"The exceptional thing about these prints is that they were printed at the time they were taken, a rare look into how Adams' mind was thinking leading to the iconic images we all know. For some, there are only one or two prints in existence. It's unusual to be able to find a large collection of Ansel Adams prints of this caliber," says Hava Guervish, Director, art2art.
This show is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. Ansel Adams: Early Works presented by KSL TV, Key Bank, The Nitka Family and The Butler Family Foundation with additional support from the Summit County RAP Tax, Park City Chamber of Commerce, George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Utah Office of Arts and Culture, St. Regis Deer Crest Resort and Yuki Arashi.
Saturday, November 6th from 6-8 p.m - Kimball Members' Opening Reception Hosted by St. Regis Deer Crest Resort. Reception catered by Yuki Arashi.
Thursday, November 18th from 6-7 pm - Art Talk on Ansel Adams: Early Works. "A Lyrical Vision: The Early Work of Ansel Adams and the Crossroads of Modernism". Presentation by Professor James Swensen, BYU.