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Nata Piaskowski

1912–2004
Still Life with Bread, Vintage silver print, 1949.
ReturnStill Life with Bread

Inventory number: 7365

Title: Still Life with Bread

Date: 1949

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 3⅝ in (9.2 cm) high by 4⅝ in (11.7 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in pencil on mount; annotated “Photograph by Nata Piaskowski” and with her address and telephone number in pencil on the reverse of the mount.

Provenance: Private collection.

Illustrated: Klochko, Deborah. Ten Photographers, 1946–1954: The Legacy of Minor White, (2004), p. 23; Heick, William, Ira Latour & Cameron Macauley. The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945–55, (2016), p. 277.

Price: $4,000

 

ReturnMinor White, Dody Weston and Don Normark

Inventory number: 2442

Title: Minor White, Dody Weston and Don Normark

Date: ca. 1950

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 7⅝ in (19.4 cm) high by 7½ in (19.1 cm) wide

Description: Double-mounted.

Price: $3,500

 

ReturnAround Larkin Street (...independent working people...)

Inventory number: 2466

Title: Around Larkin Street (...independent working people...)

Date: 1949

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 3¾ in (9.5 cm) high by 4¾ in (12.1 cm) wide

Description: Signed in pencil on mount; titled in pencil and annotated “Project #4” in pencil on reverse of mount.

Price: $2,500

 

ReturnMission Street (Window Box)

Inventory number: 2414

Title: Mission Street (Window Box)

Date: 1949

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 3⅝ in (9.2 cm) high by 4⅝ in (11.7 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in pencil on mount; titled and annotated “Project #8” in pencil on reverse of mount.

Price: $2,500

 

ReturnMission District (Facts and Feeling)

Inventory number: 2416

Title: Mission District (Facts and Feeling)

Date: 1949

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 3½ in (8.9 cm) high by 4½ in (11.4 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in pencil on mount; titled and annotated “Project #10” in pencil on reverse of mount.

Price: $3,000

 

ReturnAround Larkin Street (there are bars...)

Inventory number: 2484

Title: Around Larkin Street (there are bars...)

Date: 1949

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 4¾ in (12.1 cm) high by 3½ in (8.9 cm) wide

Description: Mounted.

Price: $2,500

 

ReturnUntitled (String Hanging from Nail)

Inventory number: 2417

Title: Untitled (String Hanging from Nail)

Date: 1949

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 4⅝ in (11.7 cm) high by 3¾ in (9.5 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in pencil on mount; signed and dated in pencil on reverse of mount.

Price: $3,000

 

ReturnMission District, Campbell Truck, No. 10

Inventory number: 2424

Title: Mission District, Campbell Truck, No. 10

Date: 1949

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 3⅝ in (9.2 cm) high by 4⅝ in (11.7 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in pencil on mount; signed, dated and annotated in pencil on reverse of mount.

Illustrated: Heick, William, Ira Latour & Cameron Macauley. The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945–55, (2016), p. 275.

Exhibitions: Nata Piaskowski: Photographs/Images: 1948-1992, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon, 1997 (checklist no. 25).

Price: $3,000

 

ReturnRock and Sea, No. 1

Inventory number: 2425

Title: Rock and Sea, No. 1

Date: 1957 (printed 1958)

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 4⅝ in (11.7 cm) high by 3⅝ in (9.2 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated, with copyright insignia in pencil on mount; signed, titled, dated, annotated, with copyright insignia in pencil, photographer’s stamp and name label on reverse of mount.

Exhibitions: Nata Piaskowski: Photographs/Images: 1948-1992, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon, 1997.

Price: $3,000

 

ReturnNata Piaskowski

Born and educated in Poland, Nata Piaskowski immigrated to the United States to escape Nazi persecution. In Carmel, where she settled, she met Edward Weston and became an enthusiastic member of the town’s artistic community. In 1947 she moved to San Francisco to study photography at the California School of Fine Arts, where she formed a life-long friendship with Minor White. She was a co-curator, with Dody Warren, of the Perceptions exhibition. After becoming the photo librarian and archivist for the Bechtel Corporation in 1954, she continued to photograph and involve herself in the avant-garde artistic life of San Francisco, particularly the Six Gallery. There she photographed events and made portraits of its artists, including David Park, Jess Elmer Bischoff, Bruce Connor, and Joan Brown. After retiring from Bechtel in 1975, Piaskowski pursued her photography as vigorously as ever: exhibiting, traveling nationally and abroad, and undertaking artist-in-residence programs.

Awards/Honors: Artist in Residence, Briarcombe Foundation, Bolinas, CA, 1982; Artist in Residence, Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA, 1988.

Selected Collections: Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Oakland Museum of California; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York, Art Institute of Chicago; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Selected Publications: Dody Warren, “Perceptions,” Aperture Vol. 2, No. 4, 1954; Maidu Texts and Dictionary, 1963; “Light 7,” Aperture Vol. 14, No. 1, 1968; Ann Thomas, Lisette Model, National Gallery of Canada, 1990; Robert E. Johnson, Nata Piaskowski: Photographs, Images: 1948–1992, Schneider Museum of Art, 1997; Stephanie Comer & Deborah Klochko, The Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2006.

Selected Exhibitions: Perceptions, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1954; Photography for the Art in the Embassies Program, Focus Gallery, San Francisco, 1967; Light 7, Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1968; ; California: Light and Form, Focus Gallery, San Francisco, 1977; A Selection of Recent Photographs, Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, 1983; 4 Women: The Photography of Ruth Bernhard, Margaretta Mitchell, Nata Piaskowski, W. Brooke Gray, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA, 1992; Nata Piaskowski: Photographs, Images: 1948–1992, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR, 1997; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2007.

 

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