Frederick Sommer
American, 1905-1999
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
From the Archive: Masters of 20th Century American Photography,
Etherton Gallery
Bruce Silverstein Gallery
Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection,
J. Paul Getty Museum

Frederick Sommer had deep interests in a variety of artistic disciplines, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and collage. Alongside many great artists of the period, including Edward Weston, Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Aaron Siskind, Sommer created a unique and avant-garde body of work formulated from his interest in art history and an awareness of Surrealism. The uniting feature of all of Sommer’s images is his openness to the viewer’s interpretation of formal relationships and pictorial structure, through which he sought to challenge the “logic of nature and mind.” For Sommer, the act of drawing addressed the most fundamental problems of perception and representation, and as with his photographs and paintings, he sought to transform, unfold, and expand potential meanings of objects and forms. Sommer explored the boundaries of abstraction and representation, as well as …

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