ALEC SOTH (B. 1969)
ALEC SOTH (B. 1969)

Falls 26, 2005

ALEC SOTH (B. 1969)
Falls 26, 2005
chromogenic print, printed 2006
signed in ink, typed title, date and number '6/7' on a gallery label affixed (on the reverse of the mount)
image: 40 x 50in. (101.6 x 127cm.)
sheet/flush-mount: 48 x 58in. (121.9 x 147.3cm.)
With Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis;
Christie's New York, May 14, 2009, lot 390
Soth, NIAGARA, Steidl, 2008, p. 17; Engberg, From Here to There: Alec Soths America, Walker Art Center, 2010, p. 89 and frontispiece

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Lot Essay

Alec Soth burst onto the contemporary art scene in 2004 with the critically acclaimed book and project, Sleeping by the Mississippi, and as the poster-artist for that year's Whitney Biennial. NIAGARA was the hard-hitting follow-up, a body of work that is neither straight documentary nor completely fiction. As Philip Brookman writes, 'Soth’s NIAGARA feels like soaring over the falls in a barrel. Once airborne, our senses are given over to other forces. The journey starts out like a love story about youth, hope and adventure … But it quickly tumbles out of control as nature takes over, breaking into fragments of crushed spirit, raw emotion, and remorse.'

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