The Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto) and the Jeu de Paume (Paris) have co-organized the exhibition Berenice Abbott: Photographs, the first retrospective of the American photographer, Berenice Abbott, presented in France and Canada. Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel, Ryerson Image Centre, Berenice Abbott: Photographs will be on view in Paris from February 20 to April 29, 2012, and the exhibition is being presented in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) from May 23 to August 19, 2012, in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the AGO.
Famous for her tireless fight for the recognition of French photographer Eugène Atget, Berenice Abbott is also prominently known for her documentary project Changing New York (1935-39). The exhibition Berenice Abbott: Photographs explores the different stages of Abbott's expansive career through more than 120 photographs. In order to provide a larger context for her œuvre, the exhibition will present her photographic prints alongside a series of never before exhibited personal documents - including letters, book mock-ups, drawings, magazines, and scrapbooks - and a collection of first edition books.
The Ryerson Image Centre and the Jeu de Paume have produced two editions (French and English) of a catalogue edited by Dr. Gaëlle Morel to accompany the exhibition. A catalogue launch event will take place Tuesday, May 22, 2012 5pm - 7pm at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West, Toronto. English catalogues also available for purchase at shopAGO.