Artist | Andreas Feininger (1906 - 1999)

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    • Andreas Feininger

      Queen Elizabeth in New York Harbour1958
    • Andreas Feininger

      An Maerican Sunday, Cnetral Park, New York City1946



Andreas Feininger was born in Paris in 1906, educated in the Bauhaus, and trained as an architect and structural engineer. He began using the camera in the eady 1920's as a "mechanical sketchbook" for building designs. Son of the acclaimed artist Lyonel Feininger, Andreas Feininger turned to photography full-time in 1932.

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About the work

Andreas Feininger has devoted his life to a full exploration of both the science and art of photography. His creative vision is rooted in the conviction that the camera is superior to the eye, and that the photograph can, and ideally should, portray the world more graphic than reality itself. From his earliest photographs, through two decades as a LIFE magazine photographer, to recent images taken in the 1980's, few photographers in our century have displayed the range of Andreas Feininger.

Feiningers work is characterized by an unusual sensitivity to form and an extraordinary sense of composition. His photographs reveal hidden structure and beauty in panoramic urban and industrial landscapes. Feininger has said: "The city has attracted me since my earliest days as a photographer. But in time this love has grown to include all the aspects of the city - not only its buildings, but also its people, cars, traffic jams, confusion, and even ugliness. I see the city as a living organism: dynamic, sometimes violent, and even brutal."

Andreas Feininger has been the subject of over 50 books, includirig severat text-books which he has authored. He was a leading staff photographer at LIFE magazine, completing over 430 assignments. His work has appeared in numerous other publications throughout the United States and Europe. In 1983, the British Broadcasting Corporation included Andreas Feininger in a six-installment television documentary about the most important living photographers; the other featured photographers were: Ansel Adams, Bill Brandt, Alfred Eisenstaedt, André Kertész, and Jacques-Henri Lartigue.

Feininger's photographs are in many important collections, including: The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum of Art, The Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Historical Society, and The International Center of Photography, NY.

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Venue types: Gallery / Museum / Non-Profit / Collector
Exhibitions in artist-info 59 (S 23/ G 36) Did show together with - Top 5 of 1212 artists
(no. of shows) - all shows - Top 100
László Móhóly-Nagy [Ladislaus Moholy-Nagy] (18)- 409
Man Ray [Emmanuel Rudinski] (18)- 495
André Kertész (17)- 145
Edward Weston [Edward Henry Weston] (15)- 137
Albert Renger-Patzsch (15)- 120
Exhibitions by type
59:   11 / 33 / 14 / 1
Venues by type
46:   5 / 28 / 12 / 1
Curators 19
artist-info records Jan 1929 - Sep 2018
Countries - Top 5 of 7
Germany (30)
United States (23)
Netherlands (1)
Switzerland (1)
Canada (1)
Cities - Top 5 of 30
New York (18)
Hamburg (4)
Berlin (3)
Frankfurt am Main (3)
Hannover (2)
Venues (no. of shows ) Top 5 of 46
Soho Triad Fine Arts (Photography) (5)
Museum of Modern Art - MoMA (1/7) (3)
Museum of Modern Art - MoMA (2/7) (3)
Bonni Benrubi (3)
Kunstverein in Hamburg (2)
Curators (no. of shows) Top 5 of 19
Edward Jean Steichen(4), Franz Roh(1), Hildebrand Gurlitt(1), Anna Heinze(1), Jan Tschichold(1)
Offers/Requests Exhibition Announcement S / G Solo/Group Exhibitions   (..) Exhibitions + Favorites
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The Extended Moment

 - Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs
National Gallery of Canada G May 2018 - Sep 2018 Ottawa (29) +0
Thomas, Ann (Curator)       +0
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 - Schnecken, Muscheln und andere Mollusken in der Fotografie
Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte G May 2017 - Aug 2017 Oldenburg (5) +0
Heinze, Anna (Curator)       +0
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In Focus

 - Electric!
J. Paul Getty Museum G Apr 2016 - Aug 2016 Brentwood / Westwood (36) +0
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America Is Hard to See

Whitney Museum of American Art - America Is Hard to See S May 2015 - Sep 2015 New York (1) +0
De Salvo, Donna (Curator)       +0
Foster, Carter E. (Curator)       +0
Miller, Dana (Curator)       +0
Rothkopf, Scott (Curator)       +0
Deutsche Bank Collection - Artists S Apr 2015 - Apr 2015 Frankfurt am Main (1) +0
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Andreas Feininger

 - That's Photography
Stadtmuseum Münster S Jan 2011 - Apr 2011 Münster (32) +0
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