Songs of the Sky, No. 2 / Equivalent, Portrait of Georgia, No. 3

Object Details

Title:

Songs of the Sky, No. 2 / Equivalent, Portrait of Georgia, No. 3

Artist/Maker(s):

Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864 - 1946)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

United States (Place created)

Date:

1923

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

10 x 12.6 cm (3 15/16 x 4 15/16 in.)

Copyright:

© J. Paul Getty Trust

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Stieglitz, a great promoter of Modernism in America and an advocate of photography as art, began pointing his camera skyward in 1922. His images of evanescent clouds were meant to express his own fleeting emotional states and reflect the dynamism of a world in constant flux. Originally Stieglitz titled them "songs of the sky," but he later came to call them "equivalents of my most profound life experience." The works focus on abstract qualities of proportion, rhythm, and harmony, presenting pure form as music for the eye.

Exhibitions
Two Lives: O'Keeffe by Stieglitz 1917 - 1923 (June 30 to September 13, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 30 to September 13, 1992
Alfred Stieglitz: Seen and Unseen (October 17, 1995 to January 7, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 17, 1995 to January 7, 1996
Societe Anonyme: Modernism for America (April 23 to August 13, 2006)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), April 23 to August 13, 2006
In Focus: The Landscape (August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009
Bibliography

Bry, Doris. Alfred Stieglitz, Photographer (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by October House, 1965) pl. 40.