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Bellagio to Present Ansel Adams Exhibit

23 March 2006

LAS VEGAS – (PRESS RELEASE) -- 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.

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