William Eggleston: 2 1/4, 1999
Hardcover book in clam-shell casing, fine cloth
Print: 11 x 11 inches
Edition of 50
One of the most influential photographers of the last half-century, William Eggleston (American, b. 1939) creates his art from mundane, everyday objects and scenarios. Eggleston is considered a great innovator of color documentary photography; his attention to detail demands recognition and the colors in turn speak to the character of contemporary life. Eggleston is currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (scheduled to mount in Fall 2008), in addition to solo exhibitions at MoMA, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris, J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1998, he was the recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad International Award for photography.About the Work:
From 1966 to 1971, Eggleston would employ a two and one-quarter inch format for his photographs. Published here in this beautiful, deluxe limited, first edition book, these prints add more classic Eggleston images to photography's color canon. Included in the clamshell casing is an editioned print, reproduced in plate 12, a beautiful and lush color photograph is a plaque in a landscape.Market Information:
Eggleston's photography prices vary widely. Even at auction, prices can fall way above or below 'professional' estimates. You can pay up to $300,000 for one of his coveted iconic images. Untitled (Atlanta) is a strong image in an unusually large format. The quality and nature of this photograph is pure Eggleston. ArtCycle believes that this work is a great value in light of the upcoming Whitney Museum retrospective.