In the summer of 2014 Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will open the first major museum retrospective devoted to photographer Wynn Bullock in nearly four decades, and on the occasion the artist’s estate will be gifting more than 100 photos to the institution, making it the greatest concentration of his work in the eastern United States. Bullock, who was born in Chicago in 1902, was a widely recognized photographer during his lifetime for his landscape photography and interest in abstraction, but “Wynn Bullock: Revelations” aims to shed light on the full range of his interests.
“Bullock’s arresting work was integral to codifying what we now think of as quintessential mid-century style, which in turn paved the way for every stage of photography that has followed,” Brett Abbott, the High’s head of collections and curator of photography, said in a statement. “Presenting this exhibition and acquiring this generous body of work from Bullock’s estate will allow us to play a role in bringing him back into the popular consciousness. Our photography department has expanded greatly over the last few years, in terms of the work we own and the exhibitions we mount, giving us the ability to position this pivotal body of work as part of the nearly two-century-long story of the development of photography.”
The museum’s collection already included three key works by Bullock, as well as pieces by his close friends and fellow photography greats Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Meanwhile some of his best-known works, like “Let There Be Light” and “Child in Forest” — both of which Edward Steichen included in “The Family of Man,” the exhibition he curated at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955 — will be included in the exhibition. The show will feature over 100 works in color and black and white, and will be accompanied by a catalogue published by the University of Texas Press.
— Benjamin Sutton