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An extraordinary collection of 830 photographic works spanning from 1844 to 2012, given as a bequest to the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, forms the basis of  "There was a whole collection made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman" exhibition.

There was a whole collection made mines the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman’s 2014 gift of over eight hundred photographic works by 414 artists to the Smart Museum, essentially establishing a major new resource for the public as well as scholars of the history and theory of photography.

The exhibition draws extensively from the collection, which the Guttmans built over 31 years, and includes rare vintage prints by pioneers of the medium like William Henry Fox Talbot and David Octavius Hill; modernworks by Hannah Höch, Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, Berenice Abbott, and Helen Levitt; contemporary classics by Diane Arbus, Malick Sidibé, Chuck Close, and Carrie Mae Weems.

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David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Untitled [James (or Sandy) Linton, New Haven Fisherman], ca. 1844-45, Salted paper print from a calotype negative, Image (Sheet): 7 5/8 × 5 1/2 in. (19.4 × 14 cm). Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman, 2014.394.

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Gustave Le Gray, Brig on the Water, 1856, Albumen print from wet collodion negative, Image (Sheet): 12 5/8 × 16 1/2 in. (32.1 × 41.9 cm). Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman, 2014.504.

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André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, Untitled [Unidentified sitter, cancelled plate], ca. 1860, Albumen print from wet-collodion unmounted negative, Image (Sheet): 7 1/4 × 9 5/8 in. (18.4 × 24.4 cm). Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman, 2014.271.

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Man Ray, Untitled [Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, Paris], 1922, Gelatin silver print, Image (Sheet): 6 5/8 x 8 15/16 in. (16.8 x 22.7 cm). Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman, 2014.545.

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Walter Peterhans, Portrait of the Beloved (Bildnis der Geliebten), 1929, Gelatin silver print. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman, 2014.653. Art © Estate of Walter Peterhans.

"There was a whole collection made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman"
September 22, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Smart Museum of Art
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

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