Memphis

Object Details

Title:

Memphis

Artist/Maker:

William Eggleston (American, born 1939)

Culture:

American

Place:

Memphis, Tennessee, United States, North America (Place created)

Date:

negative 1971; print 1974

Medium:

Dye imbibition print

Object Number:

84.XP.674.15

Dimensions:

32.9 × 47.9 cm (12 15/16 × 18 7/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Eggleston Artistic Trust

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Five plastic monochromatic animals march across a scratched stainless surface as though on a determined mission to plunge off the edge at left. Save for a small rectangle of blue at the top center of the image, the brightly-colored plastic animals stand in stark relief against the cool, steel-gray surface. William Eggleston included this image in his portfolio 14 Pictures, published in 1974, which contained a cross-section of his early photographs.

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
Useful, sweet and alike a museum: Animals looking at us (October 21, 2005 to January 15, 2006)
  • Museum Folkwang (Essen), October 21, 2005 to January 15, 2006
In Focus: Animalia (May 26 to October 18, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 26 to October 18, 2015