Select photographs from the Robert A. Taub collection on display until May

December 3, 2012 by  

Robert A. Taub recently donated over 200 photographs in his collection to the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection. In order to bring attention to this generous gift, the Art Institute is presenting an exhibit, beginning in mid-December, which highlights 100 of those photographs and which also celebrates the emergence of photography’s acceptance as an artistic endeavor.

Taub began collecting photographs in the early 1960s when photography was not considered to be an art in the eyes of many. His first purchased photograph was a William Henry Jackson photograph taken in 1870 his collection came to include portfolios, sets, and special edition prints.

The exhibit will feature the photographs of such well-known photographers as Ansel Adams, Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon, Cindy Sherman, and Walker Evans. In addition to artistic photography, the collection also includes advertising and NASA photographs. This exhibit will likely interest those who care about the history of photography as an art form and how it has changed both technically and visually since the 1960s. It might also appeal to those who work for Chicago printing companies who are interested in how commercial photography has also changed over the decades.

The exhibit, entitled ‘When Collecting was New: Photographs from the Robert A. Taub Collection’ will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago from December 15 to May 12, 2013. Admission to the Art Institute is $18 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For more information, call 312-443-3600.