Memphis

A work made of dye imbibition print; edition 5/9.

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  • A work made of dye imbibition print; edition 5/9.

Date:

c. 1970, printed 2002

Artist:

William Eggleston
American, born 1939

About this artwork

After encountering the “decisive moment” photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson in the mid-1960s, William Eggleston applied Cartier-Bresson’s formal rigor to banal subject matter and began working exclusively in color. Eggleston catapulted to notoriety when the Museum of Modern Art organized a one-person show in 1976, accompanied by a monograph, William Eggleston’s Guide. Many initial reactions to the show were negative—color photography was thought to be the purview of commercial work, and the elevation of the mundane as subject matter was met with skepticism—but the show affirmed that serious art could be made in color and with unassuming or even lowbrow subjects. This nearly monochromatic photograph of an oven in Eggleston’s hometown of Memphis, included in the Guide, hints simultaneously at domestic comfort and potential danger.

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Photography

Artist

William Eggleston

Title

Memphis

Origin

United States

Date

1965–1975

Medium

Dye imbibition print; edition 5/9

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower right, below image, in black ink: "William Eggleston"; signed, stamped and inscribed verso, lower right, in black ink: "William Eggleston / This dye transfer photograph by William Eggleston / was printed under the artist's supervision / by Nino Mondhe, Hamburg, Germany, / and is published in 2002 by the Eggleston Artistic Trust, Memphis, / in an edition of nine numbered and four lettered examples, / of which this is: [stamped] / 5/9 [inscribed/stamped underline] / EAT # [stamped] 0203.105 [inscribed/stamped underline] / © 2002, Eggleston Artistic Trust. All rights reserved. / The copyright in this photograph is the property of the / Eggleston Artistic Trust. This image may not be reproduced / without the Trust's express written permission. / Image date: [stamped] ca. 1970 [inscribed/stamped underline] Location: [stamped] Memphis [inscribed/stamped underline]"; inscribed verso, lower center, in graphite: "EG. 6686"

Dimensions

36.8 × 55.4 cm (image); 48.7 × 57.8 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Robert and Joan Feitler

Reference Number

2006.325

Extended information about this artwork

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