Group Exhibitions

There was a whole collection made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman.
September 22 - December 30, 2016
SMARt Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA

participating artists:William Henry Fox Talbot, David Octavius Hill, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, Berenice Abbott, Helen Levitt, Diane Arbus, Malick Sidibé, Chuck Close, Carrie Mae Weems, Thomas Kellner e.a.

“Questioning evolved iconographs and usual image expectations offer Kellner new approaches in composition and meaning from object to object, from image solution to image solution.” Zehnder, Professor Frank Günter, PhD (Übersetzung von:Thomas, Nelly) Farbwelt 135-36 Kreis Düren, 2010,  Düren, page 47

There was a whole collection made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman

SEPTEMBER 22–DECEMBER 30, 2016


Lester and Betty Guttman were avid collectors and companions in life who together built an extraordinary collection of photography. Over a lifetime of close looking, they carefully acquired an expansive collection of great photographs that span the very earliest days of the medium to the near-present day.

There was a whole collection made mines the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman’s 2014 gift of 830 photographic works by 377 artists to the Smart Museum. It introduces this new resource to scholars and the public.

The exhibition presents several hundred works—from rare vintage prints to contemporary classics—organized in thematic clusters that reflect the Guttman’s shared commitment to humanist values and social engagement, including sections on the natural and built world; photographic experimentation; documentary; portraiture; and “fifteen minutes of fame,” which features portraits of famous and not-so-famous people by other famous, and not-so-famous photographers.

The exhibition’s title is taken from Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (1914). Stein is the subject of several photographs in the Guttman collection.

ABOUT THE GUTTMANS

The Guttmans were married for 50 years and worked together at Argonne National Laboratory, where Lester Guttman (1919–2006) was a senior scientist and editor of the Journal of Applied Physics and Betty Guttman (1922–2014) was a technical editor. Betty was also an alumna of the University of Chicago (SB 1943) and the couple were longtime Hyde Park residents. While photography was just one of their shared pursuits—they were also patrons of art and music in Chicago and, as amateur mycologists, co-edited the journal McIlvainea—they enjoyed the deep pleasure of living with art that one knows well.

ARTISTS

William Henry Fox Talbot, David Octavius Hill, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, Berenice Abbott, Helen Levitt, Diane Arbus, Malick Sidibé, Chuck Close, Carrie Mae Weems, Thomas Kellner and many others.

CATALOGUE

There was a whole collection made will be accompanied by a fully illustrated multi-author catalogue published by the Smart Museum and distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

Thank you to Lester and Betty Goodman, for donating all those works to a great Chicago Museum. Thank you to Martha Schneider Gallery in Chicago, who made this contact to the collectors for my work and thank you to the SMART Musseum, to accept my work for their collections.

Ponte Lissabon 1999, now in the SMART Museum's collection in Chicago