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"Noted Photo Artist Visits in Aledo After
10-Day Lecture Series in Chicago"
The Times Record, Aledo, Illinois
December 24, 1952

(Sommer had nothing to do with the Viola nurse article but what a coincidence)

 

Current Events - updated February, 2014

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Here we try to keep up on happenings related to
Frederick Sommer (b. September 7, 1905 - d. January 23, 1999).

Auction offerings and results we are informed of, exhibits and more if possible. Additional information is posted as it becomes available.

Click for info about the development of a catalogue raisonne The Exhibition Archive has a list of past and recent shows.

Current & Upcoming exhibits - (sorted by closing date)

LATEST - Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, February 27 - June 1, 2014 and related talk with Robin Kelsey on February 28, 2014.

At the conclusion of the National Gallery of Art exhibition "A World of Bonds: Frederick Sommer's Photography and Friendships" closed a comprehensive web overview was published. NGA - Frederick Sommer in Context

Victoria and Albert Museum, London This is a pretty nice webpage about Frederick Sommer.

The best books readily available on Sommer:

Callahan, Siskind, Sommer - At the Crossroads of American Photography by Britt Salvesen and Keith F. Davis (2009)
Radius Press Book description
This is a great look at the three artists in parallel along with excellent essays from Keith and Britt - Jeremy Cox

The Art of Frederick Sommer: Photography, Drawing, Collage


This book is widely available with several reviews since the release in May 2005. Distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London (ISBN 0-300-10783-8), for the Frederick & Frances Sommer Foundation.

Recognition for the book included an Independent Publishers Winner of the Fine Art category, 2005;
ARLIS Wittenborn Memorial Book Awards
Recognized for Excellence in Art Publication; and a Maine Photographic Workshops Golden Light Award
Book of the Year 2005

MUSIC -

The music from Consent to Gravityas composed by Christopher Eastburn is now available on CD from Chris's listing at CD Baby

To elaborate on the connection, C.E. - "In thinking about writing vocal music for ANY project, a primary question is "What are the words?" Very fortunately Frederick Sommer left a treasure trove of those, in his writings, poems and lectures. These contain wonderfully rich lines such as "Ideas and thoughts collide and sort themselves out in these fruitful collisions", "The Art of Vermeer must have been there on the morning of creation", "Ideas and art are the possibility of an answer tomorrow."

So how does a text become a song? In approaching a set of words composers or songwriters often consider the images, meaning and feelings contained within the texts. Words or passages such as "collide", or "Vermeer", or "morning of creation" can trigger musical ideas or possibilities. The speech rhythms of a text also come in to play. You speak it aloud and listen to the rhythms and inflections. They can indicate a feeling of meter and melodic shape. Your concepts and intuitions may start to meld. What you are doing musically can become consciously and subconsciously interwoven with the feeling of the text. You may feel in the end that you wrote very little and just listened carefully for the music already there- in this case, the music sounding in Frederick Sommer's brilliant texts."

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