The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Presents Ansel Adams: America to Open May 3, 2006

LAS VEGAS, March 23 /PRNewswire/ — The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art announced today plans to present an exhibition featuring nearly 50 masterworks by American photography’s most recognized and beloved figure, Ansel Adams. The exhibition entitled Ansel Adams: America, which will be on view May 3, 2006 to May 6, 2007, will include an impressive collection of legendary artworks based on a selection personally chosen by Adams before his death, which he considered among the most important and iconic images of his epic career. Among these: Monolith, Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California (1927), Rose and Driftwood, San Francisco (ca. 1933), Aspens, Dawn, Autumn, Dolores River Canyon, Colorado (1937), The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (1942), and a rare image of Boulder Dam (1941). These works trace four decades of Adams’ experimentation with black and white photography and how it could reveal the mysterious beauty of the American landscape both subtle and majestic.

Important selections from Adam’s archive will also be on view. Among them: album pages of some of Adams’ earliest photographs (1916), the 8 x 10 Kodak camera Adams used to create his iconic photographs, an album of negatives from 1932, Adams’ Swiss compass used on his photographic expeditions, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to Adams by President Carter in 1980, and personal correspondence from some of the most noted figures of the twentieth century. Complementing these objects will be a series of historical photographs from 1903 to 1983 that will serve as a visual biography of Adams’ life.

“We are excited to be bringing yet another groundbreaking exhibition to Las Vegas,” commented Andrea Glimcher, President of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. “This show will be the first major exhibition in Las Vegas dedicated to one of the masters of fine art photography and represents yet another important milestone in the gallery’s programming.”

Ansel Adams: America has been organized exclusively for the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art by the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The CCP, co-founded by Ansel Adams in 1975, holds the largest repository of Adams photographs in the world and is an archive, museum, and research institution, dedicated to photography as an art form and cultural record. The CCP holds more archives and individual works by 20th-century American photographers than any other museum in the nation.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was born in San Francisco and lived his entire life in California. His remarkable career, as America’s foremost landscape photographer and renowned environmentalist, spanned more than six decades. He is known throughout the world and his work has been exhibited in hundreds of museums in America and abroad. Adams was an inspired teacher and the author of numerous books, including groundbreaking manuals on photographic technique. In 1946, he helped to establish the first academic department to teach photography, at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco (now the San Francisco Art Institute), and later established the first museum department in the world dedicated to photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1984, the United States Congress established the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, between Yosemite National Park and the John Muir Wilderness Area in California. Mount Ansel Adams, at the head of the Lyell Fork of the Merced River on the southeast boundary of Yosemite National Park, was named for him in 1985. Awarded the Nation’s highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ansel Adams remains today the most honored photographer of the twentieth century.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Located at the heart of the elegant Bellagio resort, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’s premier art gallery. Each year the gallery presents world-class exhibitions of artworks and objects drawn from internationally acclaimed museums and private collections. Past exhibitions devoted to a single-artist have featured the works of Alexander Calder, Peter Carl Faberge, Andy Warhol, and Claude Monet.

Tickets for Ansel Adams: America will be $15 per person and $12 for students, Nevada residents, and seniors over 65. Audio-guides are included in the price of admission. Tickets and information are available by calling (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777 or on our website Tickets may also be purchased online by logging onto Annual membership to the gallery, The Blue Card, is also available for $45. Annual member benefits include unlimited admission for two, discounts for members’ guests, and discounts in the Gallery Store.

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