Second Street East and South Main Street, Kalispell, Montana,8/22/1974
C-Print, 43 x 54 cm, Ed.8
Stephen Shore born 1947 got known with photographs he made in the nineteen-seventies through -nineties: 1:1-sized color-prints of his 8 x10 inches negatives. These were exhibited, among others, in one-man shows at the Kunstverein Münster and the Württembergischen Kunstverein in Stuttgart. 1973 Stephen Shore begins to take pictures of non-spectacular functional architecture and anonymous situations in american metropolitan areas, towns and suburbs; up to this time an unnoticed view on american culture. The fascination of his pictures derives from the tension between the photographic perspective near to a by-the-way-view on everyday subjects and an old-masterly conception of composition as well as the combination of color and light with some reference to classical landscape painting. In 1971 the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC dedicates a one-man-show to the artist. Among others a one-man-show follows 1976 in the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Up to 1999 the edition was unlimited, works were produced on demand. The exact size of the edition is not known. The greatest part of the actual vintage prints is still in the hand of the artist and can be purchased over the gallery. We represent Stephen Shore´s work since October 2000 in Europe. Since the year 2000 Stephen Shore varies the size of the prints. Considering the technical quality of the negatives and according to artistic aspects, he chooses different formats for the particular motifs. These since the recent year developed prints are strictly limited to an edition of 8 per motif. Since this time works carry beside title and signature also the numbering on the rear side of the print. The exhibition focuses on photographs from the seventies, all published in the renowned book “Stephen Shore Uncommon Places”of 1982. The quality and the durability of the prints are outstanding thanks to the latest technical improvements. Stephen Shore is represented in Europe by Gallery Conrads, Düsseldorf.