Stephen Shore - Sprüth Magers
13 November 2013
Stephen Shore, Presidio, Texas, February 21, 1975
Pioneer of the ‘diaristic snapshot and the monumentalised landscape’, American artist Stephen Shore is set to present a long awaited solo exhibition at Spruth Magers Gallery, London. The collection brings together 65 photographs; placing some new and never before exhibited work alongside his seminal series American Surfaces (1972-3) and Uncommon Places (1973-79).
The title of the exhibition makes reference to John Cage’s Lecture on Something and Lecture on Nothing, highlighting Shore’s interest in searching for beauty in everyday life. The stereotypical 1960’s American gas station, motel room and diner pictured in his early works are now recognised as ‘classic Americana’, showcasing the ‘tempo, palette and artifacts of the time and place’.
Over the last four years Shore has applied this experience to capturing Israel, Abu Dhabi and the Ukraine, directing us to ‘markers of time and of change, capturing the quotidian, a sense of locality and signs of cultural and temporal drift’.
Shore’s practice has cemented colour photography as a genuine artistic medium and he has exhibited in the likes of the Museum of Modern Art New York, Tate Modern, Getty Museum and Centre Pompidou. The artist has been awarded multiple prizes during his career including the prestigious Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship!
Something + Nothing at Sprüth Magers coincides with the publication of A New York Minute, the first digital format project by Shore, comprising of 16 short films inspired by the artist’s home city. From November 20th it can be exclusively found on iTunes and is the first digital-only original from Phaidon Press.
Our design ream is proud to have created a bespoke presentation solution for the 65 iconic Chromogenic Colour Prints on display in this hugely anticipated solo exhibition. View the collection November 26th - January 11th.