Photograph Based on the "Picasso-Braque" Exhibition at 291 Gallery, New York
Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
19.4 x 24.4 cm (7 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Not on view
Stieglitz introduced Picasso's work to America in 1911. In the winter of 1915, he mounted a second exhibition of drawings and paintings by Picasso, this time adding the work of Braque and archaic Mexican pottery and carvings. This photograph documents the installation, which reiterated Stieglitz's strong advocacy of Cubism. The structure of the picture, like its subject, conveys Stieglitz's belief that the future of modern art, including photography, lay in abstraction.
Although Stieglitz's inscription indicates that this photograph records the 1915 Picasso and Braque show at 291, it may not depict the actual exhibition. None of the several exhibition reviews notes the striking juxtaposition between the works by Picasso, the Kota reliquary, and the wasp's nest. In addition, the Picasso drawings rest on the shelf rather than hang on the wall. (Greenough)