23 December 2013
Something + Nothing covers 40 years of the career of Stephen Shore, one of the most important of contemporary photographers. At the beginning of the seventies, with American Surfaces, Shore transformed the photographic journal into an artistic practice: a collection of apparently insignificant objects, surfaces and details that, put together, re-created the fabric of daily life in America. Subsequently, with Uncommon Places, he described the same social landscape, but with the aid of the large format produced a sort of monumental vision of the same places, celebrating diners, supermarket parking lots, suburban crossroads. At Sprüth Magers in London these works are being shown for the first time alongside his photographs of the last few years, taken in Israel, Abu Dhabi and Ukraine: the pictures are not presented in chronological order, but divided up on the basis of subjects like portraits, streets or still lifes, taking the photographs out of the series to which they belong and providing an opportunity to compare the different stages in Shore’s career.
Stephen Shore, Something + Nothing
Curated by Todd Levin
November 26, 2013 – January 11, 2014