• The American Landscape: Color  auction at Christies

    Sale 2205

    The American Landscape: Color Photographs from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman

    7 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1

    STEPHEN SHORE (B. 1947)

    Holden Street, North Adams, Massachusetts, 1974

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    STEPHEN SHORE (B. 1947)
    Holden Street, North Adams, Massachusetts, 1974
    chromogenic print, printed later
    signed, titled and dated in ink (on the verso)
    17½ x 22in. (44.5 x 55.9cm.)


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    An eloquent Joel Sternfeld breaks down this iconic image from Stephen Shore: "Stephen Shore's photograph of a summer morning settling in on Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, appears to be a picture replete with dualities, the most obvious being that of town and countryside. The brick commercial buildings bookend a central panel of green hills and blue sky as if the entirety were an early Christian altarpiece. The most sacred panel, the centre one, contains an image of a deity, which in this secular case turns out to be a wooden building of pure white. The building stands in front of a mountain, a standard symbol of spiritual elevation." (Stephen Shore, Phaidon, 2008, p. 114)

    Literature

    Porter, ed., Camera, January 1977, Lucerne, p. 21; Uncommon Places: Photographs by Stephen Shore, Aperture, 1982, p. 13; Stephen Shore: Photographs, 1973-1993, Schirmer Art Books, 1994, pl. 54; Fotografien 1973 bis 1993, Schirmer/Mosel, 1995, p. 54; Shore Uncommon Places, The Complete Works, Aperture, 2004, p. 61; Stephen Shore, Phaidon, 2008, pp. 113, 115