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
Not currently on view
William Eggleston (American, born 1939)
Greenwood, Mississippi, United States (Place Created)
Dye imbibition print
35.2 × 55.1 cm (13 7/8 × 21 11/16 in.)
© Eggleston Artistic Trust
Gift of Caldecot Chubb
"The Red Ceiling" is so powerful that, in fact, I've never seen it reproduced on the page to my satisfaction. When you look at a dye-transfer print it's like it's red blood that is wet on the wall. The photograph was like a Bach exercise for me because I knew that red was the most difficult color to work with. A little red is usually enough, but to work with an entire surface was a challenge. It was hard to do. I don't know of any totally red pictures, except in advertising. The photograph is still powerful. It shocks you every time.
Thus William Eggleston explained the challenge behind the neutral gaze and obvious subject matter of this photograph.
William Eggleston and the Color Tradition, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), fig. 1.