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John Beasley Greene & Adam Katseff


The Robert Koch Gallery‘s 2019-2020 season celebrates their 40 year anniversary with programing that reflects the breadth of work the gallery has exhibited and acquired during its history. The anniversary programing continues this month, pairing John Beasley Greene, active in the early 1850s, and contemporary artist Adam Katseff. Though the appearance of Greene’s and Katseff’s work is quite different, both artists explore the landscape with a minimalist modern aesthetic. With his investigations of archeological sites in Egypt and Algeria, Greene is recognized as one of the most significant landscape photographers, not only of the 19th century, but of the medium’s history. The first one-person museum exhibition of John Beasley Greene’s photographs was on view at SFMOMA through January 5th, and included work loaned by the Robert Koch Gallery. Both Adam Katseff’s and John Beasley Greene’s photographs are images that are recognizable yet are imbued with inexplicable mystery that implores viewers to connect with the works using their personal history and imagination to interpret the images. It is this extraordinary power of art, whether found in 19th century photographs, avant-garde work of the early 20th century, or contemporary work, that sustains the gallery’s passion for the photographic medium.


John Beasley Greene
Egypt and Algeria 1853-1856
Adam Katseff
December 5, 2019 – February 1, 2020

Robert Koch Gallery

49 Geary Street, 5th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94108




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