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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Henry Wessel

Names:
Born: Henry Wessel Jr. 
Dates:  1942 -
Born:  US, NJ, Teaneck
Active:  US
 
  
American photographer.

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Education
 
1972 State University of New York at Buffalo / Visual Studies Workshop, M.F.A.
1966 Pennsylvania State University, BA 1966
 
Selected solo exhibitions
 
2007 San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California
2007 Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany
2005 Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2003 Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California
2002 Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California
2002 Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California
1998 Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
1998 Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California
1996 Gallery RAM, Santa Monica, California
1992 Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California
1989 Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California
1988 Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.
1987 Gallery Min, Tokyo, Japan
1981 Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California
1981 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1977 Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York
1976 Grossmont College Art Gallery, San Diego, California
1973 Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.
 
Selected group exhibitions
 
2006 “The Collectable Moment: Photographs n the Norton Simon Museum” Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
2006 “Advancing the Moment: Recent Work by California Photographers” Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2005 “Contemporary Desert Photography, The Other Side of Paradise”, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2003 “Ditto: Multiples from the Collection,” Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
2002 Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
2000 "Exurbia", Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA 1997 "Icons; Magnets of Meaning", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1997 "Backyards", Robert Mann Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1997 "Rethinking Topographics", Gallery RAM, Santa Monica, CA
1997 "Ocean View, The Depiction of Southern California Coastal Lifestyle" University of California, Riverside/California Museum of Photography
1996 "Crossing the Frontier; Photographs of the Developing West 1849 to the Present", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1996 "Group Exhibition", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
1995 "Facing Eden, 100 Years of Landscape Art", De Young Museum, San Francisco, California
1995 "Seeing Things: Photographs from 1844 to 1995" Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1994 "Gesture and Pose: Twentieth Century Photographs", Museum of Modern Art, New York
1994 "In Camera", Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1994 "Nature/Culture", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1994 "New Acquisitions, New Work, New Directions", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
1993 "Critical Landscape", Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
1993 California Photography From A 1970's Perspective", Seagram Collection, New York
1991 "The American Scene: Contemporary Photographs," Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California
1991 "The City Life of Flora and Fauna," Joseph Seagram and Sons, Inc., New York, N.Y.
1991 "Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort," Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.
1990 "Shelters and Structures," Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
1989 "Picturing California" A Century of Photographic Genius," Oakland Museum, California
1988 "Road and Roadside: American Photographs 1930-1986," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
1987 "The Insistent Object: Photographs 1845-1986," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California
1987 "Contemporary American Figurative Photography Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida
1987 "Midtown Review," International Center of Photography Midtown, New York, N.Y.
1987 "Photographs from the Last Decade," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
1985 "American Images: Photography 1945-1980," Barbican Art Gallery, London
1984 "Photography in California: 1945-1980," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1983 "Twentieth Century Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art," Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
1981 "American Landscapes: Photographs from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art," Museum of Modern Art, New York
1981 "Slices of Time: California Landscapes 1860-1880, 1960-1980," Oakland Museum, CA
 
Fellowships
 
1979 Guggenheim Fellowship
1978 National Endowment for the Arts Survey Grant
1977 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1975 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1971 Guggenheim Fellowship
 
Collections
 
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
California Historical Society, San Francisco, California
California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge
International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Milwaukee Art Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
Oakland Museum, California
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
Seagram Collection, New York
Seattle Art Museum, Washington
Security Pacific National Bank Collection, Los Angeles, California
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Wilson Centre for Photography, London, UK  
  
 

Internet biographies

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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.268 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Szarkowski, John 1973 Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York: The Museum of Modern Art) p.212 [Analyzes a single photograph by Henry Wessel.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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