Small Lessons

The Art Scene

The small show of photographs at Eckert Fine Art in Millerton, NY, is a small lesson in the last 70 years of American photography.

Alfred Eisenstaedt is represented by a busy, cluttered 1938 shot of Thomas Hart Benton painting “The Rape of Persephone.” The artist stands in front of his already full canvas, brush in right hand, pipe in mouth, dressed in shirt, tie and slacks. He looks down on a nude model who is recumbent, back to us, on a chaise. He looks more like the art teacher he was than the painter of flowing, folksy regional art he became after turning his back on New York.

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