Joel Sternfeld: Colour Photographs, 1977-1988

27th Jan 2017 - 18th Feb 2017

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27 January – 18 February 2017

Beetles+Huxley is pleased to present Colour Photographs: 1977-1988, the first solo exhibition in the UK by the American photographer, Joel Sternfeld for 15 years. Featuring 30 vintage dye transfer and chromogenic prints, the exhibition includes well-known images by the artist as well as works that have never been seen before.

The exhibition will showcase several examples of vintage dye transfer prints from one of Sternfeld’s best-known bodies of work, American Prospects. Sternfeld traversed the United States with his 8 x 10 inch camera, in order to capture the essential character of the country. First exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and then published in book form in 1987, American Prospects is regarded as one of the most influential bodies of photographic work from this period.

American Prospects is seen as a continuation of the American documentary tradition established in the 1930s by Walker Evans and continued by Robert Frank twenty years later. Sternfeld expanded the trajectory of the medium by photographing scenes rich with implied narrative, which were also distinct in their colour and composition. Pictures included in the exhibition demonstrate early experiments with colour and conceptual strategies that the artist would develop later on into complete bodies of work.

 

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Works

Sudden Summer Storm, Connecticut, C. 1977

Sudden Summer Storm, Connecticut, C. 1977

Joel Sternfeld

Near Tucson, Arizona, April 1979

Near Tucson, Arizona, April 1979

Joel Sternfeld

Mclean, Virginia, December 1978

Mclean, Virginia, December 1978

Joel Sternfeld

Virginia On The Potomac, November 1978

Virginia On The Potomac, November 1978

Joel Sternfeld

Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica, California, May 1979

Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica, California, May 1979

Joel Sternfeld

Beverly Hills, California, May 1979

Beverly Hills, California, May 1979

Joel Sternfeld

Sauvies Island, Oregon, June 1979

Sauvies Island, Oregon, June 1979

Joel Sternfeld

Exhausted Renegade Elephant, Woodland, Washington, June 1979

Exhausted Renegade Elephant, Woodland, Washington, June 1979

Joel Sternfeld

Lake Oswego, Oregon, June 1979

Lake Oswego, Oregon, June 1979

Joel Sternfeld

Park City, Utah, August 1979

Park City, Utah, August 1979

Joel Sternfeld

Kitt Peak National Observatory, Pima County, Arizona, August 1979

Kitt Peak National Observatory, Pima County, Arizona, August 1979

Joel Sternfeld

Addison, Vermont, May 1980

Addison, Vermont, May 1980

Joel Sternfeld

Wet ‘N’ Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, September 1980

Wet ‘N’ Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, September 1980

Joel Sternfeld

Uss Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, September 1980

Uss Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, September 1980

Joel Sternfeld

Ketchum, Idaho, October 1980

Ketchum, Idaho, October 1980

Joel Sternfeld

Architecture Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, July 1980

Architecture Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, July 1980

Joel Sternfeld

Elkmont Campground, Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee, November 1980

Elkmont Campground, Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee, November 1980

Joel Sternfeld

Coeburn, Virginia, April 1981

Coeburn, Virginia, April 1981

Joel Sternfeld

Lake Powell, Arizona, August 1982

Lake Powell, Arizona, August 1982

Joel Sternfeld

Monument Hills, Housatonic, Massachusetts, August 1982

Monument Hills, Housatonic, Massachusetts, August 1982

Joel Sternfeld

Moenkopi, Arizona, August 1982

Moenkopi, Arizona, August 1982

Joel Sternfeld

Family In A Car In Tent City, Outside Of Houston, Texas, January 1983

Family In A Car In Tent City, Outside Of Houston, Texas, January 1983

Joel Sternfeld

Abandoned Uranium Refinery, Near Tuba City, Navajo Nation, August 1982

Abandoned Uranium Refinery, Near Tuba City, Navajo Nation, August 1982

Joel Sternfeld

Red Rock State Campground (Boy), Gallup, New Mexico, September 1982

Red Rock State Campground (Boy), Gallup, New Mexico, September 1982

Joel Sternfeld

Member Of The Christ Family Religious Sect, Hidlago County, Texas, January 1983

Member Of The Christ Family Religious Sect, Hidlago County, Texas, January 1983

Joel Sternfeld

A Kickapoo Man In Eagle Pass Texas, January 1983

A Kickapoo Man In Eagle Pass Texas, January 1983

Joel Sternfeld

Grafton, West Virginia, February 1983

Grafton, West Virginia, February 1983

Joel Sternfeld

Monongahela River, Grafton, West Virginia, February 1983

Monongahela River, Grafton, West Virginia, February 1983

Joel Sternfeld

Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, March 1983

Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, March 1983

Joel Sternfeld

Canyon Country, California, June 1983

Canyon Country, California, June 1983

Joel Sternfeld

Kansas City, Kansas, May 1983

Kansas City, Kansas, May 1983

Joel Sternfeld

Portage Glacier, Alaska, August 1984

Portage Glacier, Alaska, August 1984

Joel Sternfeld

Two Motels In Las Cruces, New Mexico, 1986

Two Motels In Las Cruces, New Mexico, 1986

Joel Sternfeld

Agoura, California, February 1988

Agoura, California, February 1988

Joel Sternfeld

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