FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dye transfer prints
October 9 December 18, 2004
2525 Michigan Ave., G-5 (Bergamot Station), Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Hannah Sloan
310.264.8440, fax 310.264.8443
Web site, <http://www.rosegallery.net>
Hours, Tuesday Saturday, 10am-6pm
William Eggleston, Untitled, plate six from the portfolio 14 Pictures, 1974.
By now, William Eggleston's once seditiously catholic treatment of subject matter in photography has been consecrated in the liturgy of contemporary art. A generation of photographers inspired by Egglestons innovations have attuned their eyes and cameras to the nuances of the seemingly innocuous. A generation of canny viewers possess a new sensitivity to everyday rapture. Yet an Eggleston remains unmistakenly an Eggleston. Many of the artists proclaimed inheritors, in their fussy husbandry of the banal, produce banalities. Others degenerate into visual fetishes. But Egglestons style is distinctive in its ineffability. While his range of subjects is all-encompassing, and any overt intentions are self-consciously excised, every Eggleston photograph defines and confirms Egglestons vision as consummately his own. RoseGallerys forthcoming exhibition includes some of Egglestons most renowned images from the 1970s. Much of the iconography from the Eggleston pantheon resurfaces in these photographs: derelict signage, vintage cars and compressed interiors are all rendered in the artists febrile palette. The most salient resonances evoked between the images are not the result of method or subject, however. Instead, the pictures hew to an attitude, an extemporaneous surety with which Eggleston slices the world along its grain, revealing convergences and alignments we suspect and hope for, but rarely have the privilege to witness.
Born in Memphis in 1939 and raised on his familys plantation in Mississippi, William Eggleston gained an interest in photography at age 18. In 1976 his one man show at the Museum of Modern Art and the accompanying catalogue, William Egglestons Guide, made his reputation as a pioneer of artistic color photography. He has subsequently published many portfolios of color photographs and a preponderance of books, including the Democratic Forest, Ancient and Modern, Faulkners Mississippi, 2 1/4, Cartiers Foundations William Eggleston, and most recently Los Alamos. In 1998 Eggleston received the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. In 1999, the J. Paul Getty Museum mounted a retrospective of the artists work in Los Angeles. The Los Alamos exhibit will be presented in August 2004 at SF MOMA before the show travels to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2005. William Eggleston lives and works in Memphis.
WILLIAM EGGLESTON - An exhibition of dye-transfer prints will be on view from October 9 through December 18, 2004. The gallery is located in the Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Gallery G-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 - 6. For more information, contact Hannah Sloan, 310.264.8440. http://www.rosegallery.net.