Along with gelatin platinum and silver prints by early masters such as Edward Steichen, Clarence White, and Gertrude Käsebier, the Amon Carter Museum possesses a complete set of Camera Work, Alfred Stieglitz's seminal publication. The collection reveals the story of the artistry of photography in the twentieth century through pieces by several of photography's exemplary figures, including Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Lewis Hine, Barbara Crane, Robert Frank, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White. These prints are supplemented by archives of works by Nell Dorr, Carlotta Corpron, Erwin E. Smith, Laura Gilpin, and Eliot Porter, which add significant insight into their processes of work by adding to the exhibition of these artists.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art supports work by contemporary artists as well. Richard Avedon was commissioned in 1979 by the museum to create his acclaimed series In the American West, and the Amon Carter's photography collection now contains the full set of prints from the project. In 2013, the museum collaborated with Terry Evans, a photographer from Chicago, to document Fort Worth's Trinity River. More recently, the museum has greatly focused on obtaining and showcasing photography by contemporary artists, such as Katy Grannan, Sharon Core, Dawoud Bey, Mark Ruwedel, Todd Hido, Larry Sultan, and Alex Prager.
The collection of works on paper at the Amon Carter Museum includes more than 900 drawings and watercolors and around 7,000 prints. The drawings, watercolors, and prints cover a broad array of subjects, from early nineteenth century views of the American West by artist-explorers to abstracts by twentieth century American Modernists. Among the artists represented in the works on paper collection are James McNeill Whistler, Oscar Bluemner, William Trost Richards, and John Marin. The museum's collection also includes over 7,000 prints, including lithographs of the Mexican War, the spectacular Hudson River Portfolio by William Guy Wall, and full sets of prints by Stuart Davis and George Bellows.
The Amon Carter Museum's art collection is complemented by the museum's research library. The library provides a broad spectrum of materials on American art, history, and photography dating from the early nineteenth century to present day. The Carter library also offers support to researchers wanting to deepen their understanding of America's artistic heritage. Among the library collection's 150,000 different items are some of the best examples of western Americana and illustrated books from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection also contains an extensive amount of exhibition catalogues and monographs of American art and photography.
An extensive collection of periodicals and journals covering American art, photography, and history can be found among the museum's library holdings. The library also possesses a large collection of catalogues raisonnés and dissertations, and an extensive collection of biographical files on American photographers and artists. Visitors to the library can also find newspapers from the nineteenth century on more than 5,000 reels of microfilm. Specialized databases of auction-prices, photography, and art, as well as expansive collection of auction catalogues, can also be found in the Carter Museum's library. The Amon Carter Museum uses the Google Art Project to provide an additional outlet for guests to explore the museum's art collection and to learn more about the various works of art. Photo: Amon Carter Museum of American Art
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