Andrew Moore - Photographs London Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore, Akron Art Museum/ Damiani Editore, 2010, cover and p. 9, there titled Rolling hall, Ford Motor Company, River Rouge Complex, Dearborn
    Andrew Moore: Making History, Selected Photographs, 1980-2010, Reflex Editions, 2010, pp. 24-25
    Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010, Detroit Institute of Arts, 2011, pp. 62-63

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Detroit’s transfiguration has led it beyond decay into a surreal landscape’
    Andrew Moore

    Detroit Disassembled, the title of Andrew Moore’s widely acclaimed series, alludes to the assembly lines that led Detroit to its prominence as an industrial utopia in the early 20th century and its seeming deconstruction in the post-automotive era. In 2008-09, Moore travelled to Detroit and documented its surreal post-industrial landscape with his large-format 8 x 10 analogue camera.

    The present work is a key image in the series and was selected for the front cover of his book Detroit Disassembled, published on the occasion of his 2010 exhibition at the Akron Art Museum in Ohio. It shows a massive hall for rolling steel at Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge plant, once the largest industrial complex in the world. While the exact date when operations ceased in this hall is unknown, this area of the plant had been neglected for many decades. The epic scale and the deconstructed structure of lines, shapes, light and shadow of Moore’s Rouge is at once commanding and haunting.

    We are reminded of the American modernist master Charles Sheeler who was commissioned by Ford in 1927 to photograph his River Rouge plant. While Sheeler captured the Rouge in its heyday, his images do not show people and focus on the geometry of the structures and machinery. Equally devoid of human presence, Moore’s post-industrial Rouge is awe inspiring in its uncovering of what may lie beneath the surface.

    Moore’s works have been exhibited internationally and are held in many institutional collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.



The Rouge from Detroit Disassembled

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
177.8 x 229.2 cm (70 x 90 1/4 in.) Overall 185.5 x 236.5 cm (73 x 93 1/8 in.)
Signed, dated in ink, printed title, date and number AP 4/4 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is AP4 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 4 AP.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £43,750

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London Auction 6 November 2015 2pm