The second guest on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast is curator/historian Mia Fineman, who talks about her new Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition “Faking It: Manipulating Photography Before Photoshop.”
The show goes back to nearly the beginning of photography to reveal how artists have been manipulating their pictures since nearly the start of photography. (You can see a JPEG of just about every picture in the exhibition here.) The exhibition is accompanied by one of the best art history books of the season. It’s published by the Met and is distributed by the Yale University Press. It’s also almost $25 off via Amazon.
Photographic manipulation fascinated artists: According to Fineman, postcards such as this one fascinated the surrealist artists and poets. Paul Eluard amassed a large collection of fantasy postcards.
Image: Unknown, Untitled [Couple with Figure of Cupid] (detail), 1910s. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.