Memphis

Object Details

Title:

Memphis

Artist/Maker(s):

William Eggleston (American, born 1939)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Memphis, Tennessee, United States (Place depicted)

Date:

negative about 1971; print 1980

Medium:

Dye imbibition print

Dimensions:

29.5 x 44.4 cm (11 5/8 x 17 1/2 in.)

Copyright:

© Eggleston Artistic Trust

Credit Line:

Gift of Caldecot Chubb

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This still life of beef pies, ice cream, and "tasty taters" heaped in a freezer richly evokes senses other than sight. While offering a curious glimpse at the culinary habits of the freezer's owner, William Eggleston assumed a neutral gaze. In fact, he made art from the obvious--these are the contents of his own freezer.

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
In Focus: Tasteful Pictures (April 6 to August 22, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 6 to August 22, 2010