American photographer Arnold Newman (1918–2006) created some of the most recognizable portraits of the 20th century. In his photographs, the artistic and intellectual lives of many of the most famous artists, composers, actors, and political figures of the post WWII era, come alive, with power and mystery.
Drawing upon the Art Gallery of Ontario’s extensive holdings, this exhibition aims to present a holistic view of his career - emphasizing the influence of his family, social networks, historical context, cultural heritage, and broader creative interests.
Featuring more than 150 images highlighting his breadth as an artist, the exhibition includes a selection of portraits, including those of renowned artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Henry Moore, and Pablo Picasso, alongside landscapes, abstract compositions, and collages. Seen together, these images – many commissioned for leading magazines – reflect Newman’s significant impact on American visual culture.
The exhibition is curated by Sophie Hackett, Curator of Photography.