Adams’ works go to Hunt­ing­ton

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Carolina Mi­randa

The Hunt­ing­ton Li­brary, Art Col­lec­tions and Botan­i­cal Gar­dens in San Marino has ac­quired a se­ries of limited-edi­tion Ansel Adams pho­to­graphic works — seven port­fo­lios con­tain­ing 90 images from through­out his ca­reer, rep­re­sent­ing what he once de­scribed as “an ex­cel­lent cross sec­tion of my work.”

The Cal­i­for­nia pho­tog­ra­pher helped to de­fine 20th cen­tury land­scape photography with his el­e­gant blackand-white por­traits of the Amer­i­can West: the ge­o­logic face of Yosemite’s Half Dome, the stark beauty of his New Mex­i­can churches, the cot­ton-y forms of bil­low­ing clouds float­ing over scrub-cov­ered hills.

The port­fo­lios were a gift of Ge­orge Melvin Byrne and Bar­bara S. Bar­rett-Byrne. Ge­orge Byrne, a doc­tor and am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher, had ac­quired the port­fo­lios from Adams af­ter be­com­ing ac­quainted with the artist via one of his photography work­shops in Yosemite. Hunt­ing­ton photography cu­ra­tor Jen­nifer Watts re­ports that the port­fo­lios were in stor­age for decades.

Par­tic­u­larly strik­ing are L.A.-area images, such as an im­age of a ceme­tery an­gel sur­rounded by oil der­ricks in Long Beach — a sur­real im­age of in­dus­try and beauty.

Separately, the Hunt­ing­ton an­nounced it also had ac­quired two 1936 paint­ings, “Bur­lesque” by Mil­ton Avery and “Irises (The Sen­tinels)” by He­len Lun­de­berg, as well as a sculp­ture by Sar­gent Claude John­son.

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