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Ansel Adams, Mount Williamson, The Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California, 1945   Ansel Adams, Orchard, Portola Valley, California, c. 1940 Ansel Adams, Frozen Lake and Cliffs, The Sierra Nevada, Sequoia National Park, California, 1932

Ansel Adams, Mount Williamson, The Sierra Nevada,
from Manzanar, California
, 1945

         Ansel Adams, Orchard, Portola Valley, California, c. 1940

  Ansel Adams, Frozen Lake and Cliffs, The Sierra Nevada,   Sequoia National Park, California, 1932

Ansel Adams: Masterworks

Organized by the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California, in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California


This exhibition features a collection of forty-seven works by Ansel Adams (1902 -1984), about two-thirds of a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of his life’s work.  He felt these photographs were his best.  Called “The Museum Set”.  These works reveal the importance Adams placed on the drama and splendor of natural environments that might not, to the ordinary passing hiker, have revealed their secrets. Included are many of Adams' most famous and best-loved photographs which encompass the full scope of his work: elegant details of nature, architectural studies, portraits, and the breathtaking landscapes for which he is revered. The exhibition also includes a photo portrait of Ansel Adams by James Alinder.


In August of 1978, Gallery owner Maggi Weston of Carmel California approached Ansel Adams with a concept for what was to become the Museum Set Edition of Fine Prints.  Adams had wanted a way to make his most important and favorite images available to a wide range of institutions and Maggi's proposal became the perfect solution.  Originally it was conceived as a master set of 2500 prints created from 70 images selected by Adams.  Though he was able to complete a substantial number of the prints, his death in 1984 curtailed the long range plans for the project.

Adams profoundly influenced the course of 20th century photography not only through the example of his sumptuous and technically precise images, but also by means of his personal energy and devotion to advancing the cause of photography as an art form. As an artist, educator, innovator, and writer, he helped establish many of the institutions that have come to represent the highest aspirations of the medium of photography.

In a career that spanned more than five decades Ansel Adams became one of America’s most beloved landscape photographers and one of its more respected environmentalists. There are few artists whose name and works represent the extraordinary level of popular recognition and artistic achievement as that of Ansel Adams. Writers, critics and fellow artists have presented many reasons for Adams’ popularity. Among them is his deeply held conviction that place matters and that the world around us is a marvel to behold and to respect and honor. There is a poignant and romantic feel to his photographs, as well as a celebration of the beauty of nature.

 

The collection was donated to The Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA, by Dr. Fidel Realyvasquez. Turtle Bay Exploration Park is located in Northern California on the Sacramento River. Its facilities include a museum with permanent, interactive exhibits and two large special exhibition galleries, the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and the world famous Sundial Bridge by world renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava The Turtle Bay Exploration Park educates visitors of all ages with entertaining and stimulating exhibitions and programs that interpret the complex relationships between people and their environments.

 

The traveling exhibition is organized by The Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA, in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. Since 1967, Landau Traveling Exhibitions has presented more than 750 fine art photography and architecture exhibitions at museums and university galleries throughout the United States and the world.


Ansel Adams, Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958

         Ansel Adams, Grass and Pool, the Sierra Nevada, California, c. 1935

Ansel Adams, Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, April 17, 1927


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