William Eggleston, ‘Untitled’, 1971-1974, Phillips

Collection of Georges Bermann

Image: 80.8 x 121.8 cm (31 3/4 x 47 7/8 in.)
Frame: 112.5 x 152 cm (44 1/4 x 59 7/8 in.)

From the Catalogue:
‘I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more or less important.’

William Eggleston

The current lot was first published as part of Los Alamos Revisited in 2012, a clothbound box set that included many previously lost negatives from William Eggleston’s travels across the United States, 1965-1974.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed by the artist in ink, titled, dated, numbered 1/2 in an unidentified hand in pencil and printed Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright reproduction limitation on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

William Eggleston: Los Alamos Revisited, Vol. 1, Steidl, 2012, p. 101
D. Campany, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, Aperture, 2014, pp. 106-107

Gagosian Gallery, Paris

About William Eggleston

Native Southerner William Eggleston's photographs monumentalize everyday subject matter, such as motel rooms and storefronts, in eccentric, refined compositions. Each detail is important, potentially carrying beauty and mystery. The main catalyst for New American Color Photography, Eggleston is largely credited with legitimizing color photography (especially with the dye transfer process) as a fine art form. Teaching himself from books of prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, he began photographing his environment in the 1950s but turned to color, then used largely only commercially, in the late 1960s. Eggleston's 1976 "Color Photographs" show at the Museum of Modern Art was groundbreaking for its striking, saturated color but also for his observational style, often deemed "democratic."

American, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, based in Memphis, Tennessee

Group Shows

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 
Catonsville, Maryland, USA,
Depth of Field, curated by Emily Hauver
Los Angeles,
Los Angeles,
New York,
Shrines to Speed Art And The Automobile: From The Minimal To The Postmodern
New York,
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