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

Place(s):

United States (Place created)

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (Place depicted)

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.

Provenance
- 1998

Nancy and Bruce Berman Los Angeles, CA, U.S.

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