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Phillips

From the Catalogue:
Long shot of night road arrowing forlorn into immensities and flat of impossible-to-believe America. Jack Kerouac, introduction to The Americans
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Signature
Signed by Madelyn O. Meatyard in ink, estate copyright credit stamp and annotations in an unidentified hand in pencil on the verso.

By vocation an optician, by avocation a self-described “dedicated amateur” photographer, Ralph Eugene Meatyard pursued his own vision to produce an exquisitely enigmatic, widely admired body of work. Meatyard began taking photographs in 1950, roaming the backwoods and towns in Kentucky, experimenting with framing, multiple exposures, and blurring to produce haunting, abstracted images of natural and manmade environments. In the late ’50s, he began incorporating monstrous, oversized latex masks and hands, and plastic dolls into his photographs. His family and friends were the protagonists in his carefully composed scenes, their heads consumed by the masks, plastic dolls often arranged about them. For Meatyard, who was inspired by Zen Buddhism and jazz, the masks served to equalize his subjects and shift focus elsewhere—to the poignant juxtaposition of otherworldly faces on human bodies, to the ambiguous and unknowable in human nature.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Family Album of Lucybelle CraterDC Moore Gallery
2017
Ralph Eugene Meatyard: American MysticFraenkel Gallery
2014
Disturbing InnocenceThe FLAG Art Foundation
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Lucybelle Crater and Lucybelle Crater, 1970-1972

Gelatin silver print
7 1/2 × 7 1/2 in
19.1 × 19.1 cm
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P
Phillips

From the Catalogue:
Long shot of night road arrowing forlorn into immensities and flat of …

Medium
Signature
Signed by Madelyn O. Meatyard in ink, estate copyright credit stamp and annotations in an unidentified hand in pencil on the verso.

By vocation an optician, by avocation a self-described “dedicated amateur” photographer, Ralph Eugene Meatyard pursued his own vision to produce an exquisitely enigmatic, widely admired body of work. Meatyard began taking photographs in 1950, roaming the backwoods and towns in Kentucky, experimenting with framing, multiple exposures, and blurring to produce haunting, abstracted images of natural and manmade environments. In the late ’50s, he began incorporating monstrous, oversized latex masks and hands, and plastic dolls into his photographs. His family and friends were the protagonists in his carefully composed scenes, their heads consumed by the masks, plastic dolls often arranged about them. For Meatyard, who was inspired by Zen Buddhism and jazz, the masks served to equalize his subjects and shift focus elsewhere—to the poignant juxtaposition of otherworldly faces on human bodies, to the ambiguous and unknowable in human nature.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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