Bruce Silverstein Gallery: Frederick Sommer
Galleries / D14
Art Basel / Basel / June 16-19, 2016
Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present a survey of the life and career of Frederick Sommer at Art Basel. Featuring work from the 1930s to the 1990s, this retrospective presentation includes the artist’s iconic photographs, paintings on canvas, musical score drawings, and glue color drawings, as well as his final collages.
As the exclusive representative of the Frederick Sommer Foundation, the gallery has staged three solo exhibitions of Sommer’s work over the past decade highlighting various facets of his creative output to encourage a greater understanding of Sommer’s widely celebrated photographs in the context of his work in other media. Throughout his career, Sommer strove to “challenge the logic of nature and mind” to address fundamental problems of perception and representation in order to transform, unfold and expand potential meaning of objects and forms.
Sommer’s works have been exhibited and collected by important museums and institutions, among them: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Art Institute of Chicago; Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson (Founding Artist); George Eastman House, Rochester; Institute of Design, Chicago; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Tokyo Fuji Art Museum; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Frederick Sommer (1905-1999) was born in Angri, Italy, and raised in Rio de Janeiro. Exposed to art and landscape architecture at an early age, he completed his studies at Cornell University, graduating with a Masters of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture. In his early 30s, Sommer began his explorations in multiple artistic disciplines. He lived in Prescott, Arizona, with his wife Frances Sommer from 1936 until his death in 1999.