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  • The print offered here, along with the following lot, is one of the negatives that William Eggleston revisited in 2012 when he embarked on a project to produce select images from his archive as large- format pigment prints. The resulting print is a tour-de-force that highlights Eggleston’s impeccable ability to make ‘real photographs, bits lifted from the visceral world with such tact and cunning that they seem true, seen in color from corner to corner’ (John Szarkowski, William Eggleston’s Guide).

    • Provenance

      Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

    • Exhibited

      William Eggleston: Los Alamos, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, 27 September - 10 November 2012

    • Literature

      Steidl, William Eggleston: Los Alamos Revisited, Vol. I, p. 183
      Gagosian Gallery, William Eggleston: Los Alamos, p. 27 (exhibition catalogue)

    • 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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Pigment print, printed 2012.
31 1/8 x 47 3/4 in. (79.1 x 121.3 cm)
Overall 44 1/4 x 59 3/4 in. (112.4 x 151.8 cm)

Signed in ink and printed Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit reproduction limitation on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. Number 1 from an edition of 2.

Full Cataloguing

$20,000 - 30,000 

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New York Auction 4 April 2023