Stephen Shore, Merced River, Yosemite, National Park, California, August 13, 1979
Stephen Shore, Merced River, Yosemite, National Park, California, August 13, 1979 

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places Vintage Prints

25/01/2018 - 01/03/2018

Edwynn Houk - NY 
745 Fifth Avenue 
NY 10151 New York   

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to present Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places Vintage Prints, a selection of vintage works from the artist’s landmark series. 

Stephen Shore (American, b. 1947) is a pioneer of color and vernacular photography. With a small number of contemporaries, he championed the elevation of color photography as art and redefined the documentary tradition in American photography. Shore’s vision of the ordinary world in full color is now so pervasive that its monumental influences are often taken for granted as inherent properties of photography. In particular, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth have acknowledged his work as inspiration.

First published as a monograph in 1982, the images in Uncommon Places articulate a vision of the United States unlike any preceding artistic statement. At the project’s start in 1973, Shore had just completed his first cross-country road trip and major inquiry into the contemporary American landscape. Influenced by Pop and Conceptual concepts he encountered at Andy Warhol’s studio The Factory, American Surfaces (1972) focused on completely ordinary scenes such as highway gas stations, motel beds, and diner meals and used a language hitherto unexplored in art photography: color.

This exhibition is a rare presentation of vintage prints presented in their original format and materials. Many of these images were first exhibited to the public in a solo exhibition of Shore’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in 1976.