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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
At War with the Obvious
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New York, NY 10028-0918


February 26th, 2013 - July 28th, 2013
 
 Untitled (Louisiana), William EgglestonWilliam Eggleston, Untitled (Louisiana),
1980, printed 1999, Dye-transfer print, 11 7/8 x 17 13/16 in. (30.2 x 45.3 cm)
© Courtesy of the artist & The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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William Eggleston (American, born 1939) emerged in the early 1960s as a pioneer of modern color photography. Now, fifty years later, he is its most prolific and influential exemplar. Through a profound appreciation of the American vernacular (especially near his home in the Mississippi Delta) and confidence in the dye transfer printmaking process to reveal the region's characteristic qualities of light and saturated chromatics, Eggleston almost single-handedly validated color photography as a legitimate artistic medium. This exhibition celebrates the artist's iconic photographs of commonplace subjects that have become touchstones for generations of artists, musicians, and filmmakers from Nan Goldin to David Byrne, the Coen Brothers, and David Lynch.


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