LOT L2 WILLIAM EGGLESTON / UNTITLED (1983/1999) FR. DEMOCRATIC FOREST




Dye transfer print
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm), print size
Auction estimate: $55,000




Gift of the artist and Gagosian Gallery



Untitled (1983/1990), by William Eggleston is an intimate glimpse into the life of the
artist, a self-portrait in the form of an eloquent still life. This dye-transfer print is
from Eggleston's Democratic Forest series of autobiographical images made
between 1983-1986. "I was photographing democratically" the artist said,
explaining his openness to photographing all subjects, high and low.
Born in 1939 in Memphis, Eggleston is a giant among 20th Century photographers
and a critically influential artist among painters as well. He is credited with
legitimizing color photography as a fine art form, pioneering the use of
dye-transfer technology. More than a century after the advent of color film and a
decade after popular media fused with contemporary art, his first museum
exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1976, was also the first
fine-art exhibition of color photography. Eggleston has been the subject of many
prestigious museum exhibitions including The J.Paul Getty Museum, LACMA, the
Whitney Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery. His show At War With the Obvious is
now on view at MOMA, and his exhibition New Dyes will be exhibited and become
part of the Tate Modern's permanent collection this year.



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