Iconic photographs of the 20th century on display at MoCA
A photo exhibit showcasing the works of Western photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries is on display now at the Chengdu Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA).
Dozens of famous images from the 20th century, all part of the private collection of Charles Jin, are being shown.
Most of the images are gelatin-silver prints by American photographers in the first half of the 20th century. A small number of color images, photos taken in the latter half of the 20th century, and photographs by a handful of European artists are also there for the viewing.
The works span portraiture, landscape, still life, social action, abstract images, and more. Among the photographers are some big names: Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Man Ray, Annie Leibovitz, Philippe Halsman, Mary Ellen Mark, Edward Steichen, Harold Edgerton, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Arnold Newman, Jerry Uelsmann, Weegee, and Andy Warhol, among others. The portraits feature some of the most iconic images of pop-culture figures of the 20th century, including Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe.
A supplementary exhibit featuring works by Liaoning photographer Fu Yu is also on display.
Atlanta, Georgia-based Charles Jin became the first Chinese Mainlander to earn his master's degree in photography in the United States in the 1980s and is a prominent collector.
The collection has been on tour since last year and has been shown in Beijing, Shenyang, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xi'an, and wuhan. A catalog of the works is available for RMB280 (Chinese language only).
100 Vintage Prints: Exhibition of the Collection of Charles Jin, 20th Century Works of Western Photographers in China runs through June 30. Entrance is free.