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William Eggleston

Los Alamos

September 27–November 10, 2012
Beverly Hills

Installation video

Installation video

Installation view, photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view, photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Works Exhibited

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1970/2012 Pigment print, 60 × 44 inches (152.4 × 111.8 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1970/2012

Pigment print, 60 × 44 inches (152.4 × 111.8 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971/2012 Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971/2012

Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971/2012 Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971/2012

Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971/2012 Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971/2012

Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1965/2012 Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1965/2012

Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1965/2012 Pigment print, 60 × 44 inches (152.4 × 111.8 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1965/2012

Pigment print, 60 × 44 inches (152.4 × 111.8 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1964/2012 Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1964/2012

Pigment print, 44 × 60 inches (111.8 × 152.4 cm), edition of 2

About

I just wait until [my subject] appears, which is often where I happen to be. Might be something right across the street. Might be something on down the road. And I’m usually very pleased when I get the image back. It’s usually exactly what I saw. I don’t have any favorites. Every picture is equal but different.
—William Eggleston

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs from William Eggleston’s Los Alamos series. This will be Eggleston’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles since 2004.

A Memphis native, Eggleston carved his distinct oeuvre from the immediate world around him, incorporating all shades of life into his vivid photographs and thus pioneering an approach that derives its power from a refined form of spontaneous observation. A modern-day flâneur, he captures compelling fragments, events, and personalities of the ordinary world on the streets and in the parlors of small-town America. His subject matter, such as parked cars, billboards and abandoned storefronts, are seemingly banal, yet the idiosyncratic manner in which he orders his observations creates a world of enigma and unexpected beauty, unflinching in its veracity.

This exhibition comprises twenty-eight large-scale pigment images from the Los Alamos series, printed from vintage negatives. Some images were first printed in the early 2000s as dye transfers. Others have never been seen before. Eggleston shot them on the road between 1966 and 1974 in the Mississippi Delta, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Alamos, and other locations across the United States, naming the Los Alamos series after the laboratory where atomic weapons were developed. In the intimate portraiture and stark landscapes, the profound influence of his aesthetic on contemporary image-making is plain. His self-professed “democratic camera” seeks out spontaneous moments of aesthetic exception—a neon light glowing piercingly in a darkened motel room; the back of a smooth, perfectly arranged grey updo; a collection of dolls; a gawky young man pumping gas. Tightly cropped and condensed, each object or subject assumes a narrative life of its own, charged with mystery and possibility. Geographically non-specific and seemingly timeless, the freedom and congeniality of these loosely framed portraits is a hallmark of Eggleston’s working style—emanations of a steadfastly egalitarian vision and a poetic eye.

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