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Greenwood, Mississippi

William Eggleston, American, born 1939

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1973-74 (print)

Medium:
Dye transfer print

Dimensions:
Image: 12 13/16 x 18 1/2 inches (32.5 x 47.0 cm) Sheet: 15 7/8 x 20 1/16 inches (40.3 x 51.0 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

* Julien Levy Gallery, Perelman Building, first floor

Accession Number:
2001-216-3

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of Walter Hopps and Caroline Huber, 2001

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When William Eggleston made this photograph, the saturated palette of the dye transfer printing process was associated with advertising rather than fine art. Eggleston’s Greenwood, Mississippi transforms base subject matter—here, a seedy brothel—into a spectacular composition of color and line. At the same time, the glistening red of the dye transfer print is a palpable metaphor for sexual sensation.


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