British photographer Paul Graham
rigorous eye for quotidian detail. While furthering the traditions of
photographers who have mastered the practice of capturing scenes from everyday
, William Eggleston
, and Bernd and Hilla Becher
works in a style uniquely his own. Graham’s practice—once described
“rejecting the search for the ‘great’ picture, with its tendency to compress
life into neat rectangles” by curator and museum director Sean Rainbird—is in
the spotlight this fall as Pace Gallery
and Pace/MacGill Gallery
forces to feature Graham’s latest body of work in “Does Yellow Run Forever?”
This vibrant exhibition of nearly 20 large-scale color photographs is
accompanied and enriched by the release of a major monograph on the artist.
Graham established his reputation
through documentary-like color photographs of exurban cityscapes in
contemporary Britain. Early series in Britain, including “A1—The Great North
Road” (1981-82), now in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, “Beyond Caring (1984-85),” and “Troubled Land,” (1984-86), exemplified
his interest in social themes and in traces of history within the everyday.
These concerns informed Graham’s later projects in Northern Ireland (where he
worked three decades, through The Troubles), Europe (after the fall of the
Berlin Wall), Japan, and the United States.
In his new work—juxtaposing images
of double rainbows in Ireland, New York streets dotted with pawn shops, and his
partner, Senami, while curled up in bed—Graham brings his nuanced approach from
the scale of the social into more intimate dimensions. Examining materialism,
romance, and spirituality, this photographic discourse is a study on
contemporary society's universal values and the unending human tendency to
pursue a sense of fulfillment. Captured in locations around the world, printed
at different scales, and now hung at varying heights throughout the gallery—a
methodical installation reflecting a hierarchy of values— “Does Yellow Run
Forever?” strings together quiet scenes of hope, peaceful respite, and the
threat of disappointment, to ultimately imbue the fleeting with due gravity.
“Does Yellow Run Forever” is
on view at 510 West 25th Street, New York, Sept. 4th–Oct. 4, 2014.