Portrait of the Art World: A Century of ARTnews Photographs by William F. Stapp, Pete Hamill & Milton Esterow

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Portrait of the Art World: A Century of ARTnews Photographs by William F. Stapp
With essays by Pete Hamill & Milton Esterow
Contributions by Tracey L. Avant, Frank H. Goodyear III, Sarah A. Loffman, Tess Mann, Ann Shumard & Krrisin Smith

folio. pp. xv, 160. profusely illustrated. index. hardcover. dw. Washington: National Portrait Gallery in association with Yale University Press, 2002.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition.



  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0300097522 / ISBN-13: 9780300097528


    ARTnews, the oldest art magazine in America and the most widely circulated art magazine in the world, is celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary in 2002. This attractive book celebrates and commemorates this milestone event, presenting one hundred of the best photographic portraits commissioned by and reproduced in the magazine since its origin. These fascinating photographs chronicle the history of the magazine and present a "who's who" of people who have shaped the art world over the last century.

    Portrait of the Art World includes photographs of many of the great European and American artists of the twentieth century, including George Bellows, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, and Alice Neel. The photographers-often as fascinating as their subjects-range from Zaida Ben-Yusuf, Alice Boughton (early members of Alfred Stieglitz's circle), and Jessie Tarbox Beals (perhaps the first woman photojournalist) to Stieglitz himself, Man Ray, and Cecil Beaton. Contemporary photographers featured in the book include Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Arnold Newman, Richard Avedon, and Robert Mapplethorpe. The book also presents an essay by William F. Stapp exploring the historical context of portrait photography in ARTnews; an essay on the history of ARTnews by Pete Hamill; and an essay by Milton Esterow, the current editor and publisher of ARTnews, discussing his personal view of the magazine.

    This handsomely illustrated book is the catalogue for an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society from September 27, 2002, to January 5, 2003, which will then travel to Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco (venues to be announced).