Thursday, April 15, 2010

Art Institute of Chicago - William Eggleston: Democratic Camera - Current Exhibition

From the Art Institute of Chicago:

February 27 - May 23, 2010
Galleries 182-184, 188, Modern Wing

"One of the most influential American artists, William Eggleston changed the history of color photography. This exhibition—the artist’s first retrospective in the United States—brings together Eggleston’s famous color photographs of the American South with lesser-known works, such as his early black-and-white prints and provocative video recordings."

"A key figure of the last half-century, Eggleston is often credited for singlehandedly ushering in the era of color art photography. His motivation was simple and decidedly everyday: “I had wanted to see a lot of things in color because the world is in color.” His achievement is patently more extraordinary—transforming ordinary moments into indelible images."

William Eggleston, Untitled, from Los Alamos

"This exhibition, which fills the Modern Wing’s Abbott Galleries and Carolyn S. and Matthew Bucksbaum Gallery, demonstrates Eggleston’s democratic approach to his photographic subjects in both color and black-and-white. On display are Eggleston’s remarkable black-and-white images from the early 1960s and his little-seen recording of 1970s Memphis nightlife, Stranded in Canton. These works only amplify his achievement in bringing a detailed sensitivity to his iconic color photographs—telling portrayals of American culture, including a freezer stuffed with food, Elvis’s Graceland, and a supermarket clerk corralling grocery carts in the afternoon sunlight."

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