The first issue of Hyde's Weekly Art News appeared on November 29, 1902—a one-page broadside for the trade published on newsprint. During its first century, the magazine we know today as ARTnews has evolved to one of the most widely read and influential art magazines in the world. Although it has undergone changes in owners, editors, title, format, and
style, the magazine has been distinguished since its founding by its commitment to documenting the full range of personalities who make up the art world—artists, dealers, collectors, museum directors, and art historians.
Photographs have been essential to ARTnews's coverage of the visual arts. The thousands of portraits that have been reproduced constitute a rich, varied, and compelling archive. These images have not only provided the reader with a vivid introduction to the subject, but they have in many cases—Hans Namuth's photographs of Jackson Pollock are a well-known example—contributed to the sitter's renown. And, often, the photographer has been as well known as the subject. Works by some of the most illustrious names in the history of photography, such as Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, Man Ray, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Cindy Sherman, have appeared in the magazine.
This exhibition of one hundred memorable likeness published in ARTnews was organized by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, to celebrate the centenary of America's oldest art journal, and is sponsored nationally by AXA Art Insurance Corporation.