Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969-79
At the age of 14, Shore had already sold his first photographs to the Museum of Modern Art; soon after he was lighting shows for the Velvet Underground. In the early 1970s, Shore began turning commonplace surroundings into works of art by photographing ordinary scenes: a painted billboard with a big-sky backdrop (right); a plate of pancakes at a diner in Utah; bathers on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. These snapshots on the road between Amarillo, Texas and New York became part of his groundbreaking series, "Uncommon Places," which also makes up most of the exhibit.
Organized by the Aperture Foundation, Biographical Landscape began its international tour in Los Angeles in 2005. Since then the show has traveled through Paris and the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, before wrapping up in the 49-year-old Shore's native New York City. Simply put, "the show is wonderful," as the New York Times recently gushed .
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