|Ansel Adams||Weston Gallery||Yousuf Karsh|
Maggi Weston, as she is known to her large circle of friends and clients, established the Weston Gallery in Carmel, California, in February, 1975. Born in London and raised in South Africa, Maggi showed an interest in music. Upon returning to England at the age of 18 and signing with the William Morris Agency, a promising career in singing began. Maggi came to the United States in 1956 and soon appeared in New York clubs and on television, including the Ed Sullivan Show, and moved to Los Angeles where her significant talent drew more critical acclaim.
It was in Monterey, California where she met her future husband, Cole Weston, son of renowned photographer Edward Weston. During this time, Maggi was introduced to Ansel Adams who encouraged her to take the bold step of opening a gallery of photography in the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Adams gave the Weston Gallery a show of his own work which set the pace for Maggi’s profound career.
In the past three decades, the Weston Gallery has been a leader in the field, creating the market for numerous blue-chip photographers, shaping major private and corporate collections, and educating a whole generation of buyers. Maggi was one of the first photography dealers to be admitted to the Art Dealers Association of America. She was the first representative of photographs from the Estate of Paul Strand, one of three dealers to handle photographs from the Estate of André Kertész and an exclusive dealer for the Estate of Yousuf Karsh.
In 2007, a sale of selected works from the Margaret W. Weston Collection at Sotheby's took place, breaking many artist records at auction and where only half-dozen lots were passed on. Edward Weston's "The Ascent of Attic Angles", one of two known prints of the image, the other held by the Smithsonian, had set a world record for Weston. Works by Frantisek Drtikol, Imogen Cunningham, Carleton E. Watkins and Jaromír Funke also broke artist auction records. The auction was comprised of works by Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Josef Sudek and most important photographers of their time.
Maggi Weston’s private collection encompasses centuries of masters, from classic works by nineteenth-century French and English photographers to masters of modernism including such artists as Carleton E. Watkins, Gustave Le Gray, William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Frederick Evans, Bill Brandt, Imogen Cunningham, Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ansel Adams, Yousuf Karsh, Irving Penn, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Brett Weston, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen among countless others.
We wish to thank Richard Gadd, director of the Weston Gallery, for his kind help in putting this material together.
|Michael Kenna||Maggie Taylor||Brett Weston|