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Ansel Adams: Classic Images

October 6, 1985 – January 26, 1986
West Building, Ground Floor, Central Gallery (3,000 sq. ft.)

Installation view of Ansel Adams: Classic Images, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives


This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 75 photographs were exhibited, one of the 6 full museum sets chosen by Ansel Adams as representative of the best of his life's work. They were the result of the last 5 years of his life, during which he made new prints from old negatives. Also shown were mural prints and 2 screens lent by Mrs. Ansel Adams, who subsequently donated a museum set to the Gallery. The set exhibited was owned by Pacific Telesis Group, which also provided a grant for the exhibition.

Organization: The exhibition was coordinated by Nicolai Cikovsky Jr., and designed by Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser. Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Attendance: 651,652

Catalog: Ansel Adams: Classic Images. The Museum Set, by James Alinder and Nicolai Cikovsky Jr. Boston: Little, Brown and Company in association with the National Gallery of Art, 1985.