Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form

256 pages | 10 x 12 | 207 color illustration
March 2017 | ISBN 9781512821482 | $49.95

Exhibition catalogue: Charles Sheeler

Accompanying the Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form exhibition—a groundbreaking exploration of Sheeler’s work as a fashion and portrait photographer at Condé Nast from 1926 to 1931—is a stunning 256-page catalogue. Edited by Michener Art Museum Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., the book includes photographs by Sheeler and other photographers as well as essays written by scholars, historians, and archivists.

The contributing essays to Charles Sheeler expose the artistic breadth and depth of Sheeler’s Condé Nast oeuvre, over 300 images of which are gathered in this volume. Jensen provides the historical context for Sheeler’s experimentation in the years preceding his time at Condé Nast, as well as a comprehensive analysis of the artist’s Condé Nast photography alongside his Precisionist work.

Further essays explore the role of Condé Nast, the individual, in shaping the era’s culture; investigate how Sheeler’s work reinterpreted and shifted contemporary trends in architecture and fashion; examine the influence of Sheeler’s experimentation with filmmaking on his later work; and analyze Sheeler’s influence on later generations of fashion photographers, who have continued his studies into the model as a sculptural form.


Sculptural Form through the Camera Lens
Figures in Space: Charles Sheeler at Condé Nast
Kirsten M. Jensen

Vanity Fair’s Independence Day Pageant
Kristina Wilson

Condé Nast: Photography Pioneer
Shawn Waldron

“Decidedly Modern”: Fashion in the 1920s
Nancy Deihl

“New Backgrounds for a New Age”: Modern Design for Theaters and Stores
Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins

Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand: Friends, Collaborators, Rivals
Charles Musser

Charles Sheeler and the Expanded Photographic Field
Kelsey Halliday Johnson

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