Coffee Can Wreath, New Orleans, Louisiana

Object Details

Title:

Coffee Can Wreath, New Orleans, Louisiana

Artist/Maker(s):

William K. Greiner (American, born 1957)

Culture:

American

Date:

negative 1989; print 1995

Medium:

Chromogenic print

Dimensions:

38.1 x 47.7 cm (15 x 18 3/4 in.)

Copyright:

© William K. Greiner

Credit Line:

Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

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Gentle colors, a dilapidated, long-abandoned artificial-flower arrangement, and weeds overrunning the scene create an appropriately nostalgic tone and underscore the irony of this "forgotten memorial." Capturing the melancholy of such subjects as a neglected gravesite, William Greiner's series of cemetery photographs called "The Reposed" continued a tradition begun with post-mortem photographs in the 1800s. While all photographs are arguably memorials of people and moments past, this series deals more explicitly with death and photography's peculiar relationship to it.

Exhibitions
William Eggleston and the Color Tradition (October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000