Shared Intelligence (Hardcover)

American Painting and the Photograph

By Barbara Buhler Lynes (Editor), Jonathan Weinberg (Editor)

University of California Press, 9780520269064, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 9, 2011

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Shared Intelligence, companion catalog to the exhibition of the same name, explores the stimulating and productive relationship between painting and photography in American art. The essays in this beautifully illustrated book describe how this dynamic developed, beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing to the twenty-first—from Thomas Eakins to the Stieglitz circle and Georgia O’Keeffe to contemporary art. The book shows that while the initial proponents of photography were struggling to secure its place among the fine arts, photography’s inherent expressiveness was leading painters to use the camera in their work. And as cameras and photographs became part of American culture, photographic seeing—how a photograph freezes, flattens, enlarges, and crops its subject—began to affect artists’ visual representations. This gorgeous volume, which also includes interviews with artists Robert Bechtle, Barkley Hendricks, and Sherrie Levine, documents the complex ways in which painting and photography have influenced one another—not to undermine each’s originality, but to celebrate the deep, continuing connections between them.

About the Author

Barbara Buhler Lynes, Curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Museum Research Center, is the author of many other publications, including Georgia O’Keeffe Catalogue Raisonné. Jonathan Weinberg is the author of several books, including Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art and Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin.

Praise For Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph

“This fascinating look at the intersections and overlaps of painting and photography will be enjoyed by aficionados of both mediums.”

— Ashley M. Biggers

“Well-documented and very informative.”

— P. C. Bunnell

“This heavily illustrated volume . . . is recommended for large institutions whose holdings emphasize modern and contemporary painting.”

— Arlis/Na Reviews