William Eggleston - Photographs New York Monday, March 31, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Private Collection, Los Angeles
    Cheim & Read, New York

  • Exhibited

    Photographs by William Eggleston, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 26 May- 1 August 1976, for another print exhibited
    Cruel and Tender, Tate Modern, London, 5 June- 7 September 2003; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 29 November 2003- 18 February 2004
    In America, Sutton Lane, London, 5 March- 3 April 2004, for another print exhibited
    Innocence Exposed: The Child in Modern Photography, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, 24 September- 5 December 2004, for another print exhibited
    William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 7 November 2008- 25 January 2009 and 4 other venues

  • Literature

    Moore, Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980, p. 9
    Szarkowski, William Eggleston's Guide, p. 91
    Whitney Museum of American Art, William Eggleston Democratic Camera Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, pl. 16

  • Artist Biography

    William Eggleston

    American • 1939

    William Eggleston's highly saturated, vivid images, predominantly capturing the American South, highlight the beauty and lush diversity in the unassuming everyday. Although influenced by legends of street photography Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eggleston broke away from traditional black and white photography and started experimenting with color in the late 1960s.

    At the time, color photography was widely associated with the commercial rather than fine art — something that Eggleston sought to change. His 1976 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Color Photographs, fundamentally shifted how color photography was viewed within an art context, ushering in institutional acceptance and helping to ensure Eggleston's significant legacy in the history of photography.

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Sumner, Mississippi

circa 1970
Dye transfer print, printed 2002.
21 5/8 x 15 in. (54.9 x 38.1 cm)
Signed in ink in the margin; lettered 'C/D', dated, annotated 'Mississippi' in an unidentified hand in ink and Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso. One from an edition of 9 plus 4 artist's proofs lettered sequentially 'A-D'.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $100,000

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