Stephen Shore | Uncommon Places 1973–1979: Vintage Prints

New York

8 March — 16 April 2005

Cabin, Badland National Monument, SD, July 14, 1973

Flager Street, Miami, FLorida, November 12, 1977

El Paso Street, El Paso, TX, July 5, 1976

Dewdney Ave, Regina, Saskatchewan, Aug 17, 1974

Deerfield Street, Greensfield, MA, July 15, 1974

Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC, August 3, 1975

Coronado Street, Los Angeles, CA, June 21, 1975

Country Club Road, Tuscon, AZ, December 7, 1976

Causeway Inn, Tampa, FL, November 18, 1977

Cars, Trailer Park

Carnesville, GA, January 29, 1976

Bird's Eye View of Yankees in Infield, February 28, 1978

Alley off Sunset Strip, Hollywood, CA, June 22, 1975

Airplane Hanger with Fighter Pilot Drawing on the Wall

Country Club Road, Tucson, Arizona, December 7, 1976

Ginger Seippel, Miami, Florida, November 12, 1977

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 13, 1987

Foothill Rd, Beverly Hills, CA, September 9, 1974

Green Shed Against Light Wall, Plastic Covered Car

Kennedy Space Center, FL, August 1, 1975

Interior of Courthouse with Piano

Key Largo, Florida, November 10, 1977

Kenora, Ontario, Aug 16, 1974

Kimballs’ Lane, Moody, MA, July 17, 1974

Lincoln St and Riverside St, Spokane, WA, August 25, 1974

Living Room and Patio, June 12, 1976

Lookout Hotel, Ogunquit, MA, July 16, 1974

Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, August 3, 1975

Miami Beach, FL, November 13, 1977

Miami Beach, FL, November 13, 1977

Natural Bridge, NY, July 31, 1974

Palm Beach, FL, November 8, 1977

Proton Avenue, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, August 18, 1984

Room 131, Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge, Phillipsburg, NJ, June 21, 1974

Room 125 West Bank

Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 4, 1977

Screven Street, Georgetown, SC, February 20, 1976

2nd St. & 4th Ave, Ashland, Wisconsin, July 9, 1973

2nd St. East and South Main St., Kalispell, Montana, August 22, 1974

Sunset Avenue, Palm Beach, FL, October 28, 1973

Susan Hoffman, Dallas, TX, June 12, 1976

Tampa, FL, November 17, 1977

Taylor Street, Fort Worth, TX, June 13, 1976

Timberline Hotel, Banff, Alberta, August 20, 1974

20th St. & Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA, June 21, 1974

U.S. 10, Post Falls, ID, August 25, 1974

U.S. 27, Palmdale, FL, November 15, 1977

U.S. 93, Kingman, AZ, July 2, 1975

Victoria Ave. & Alberta St., Regina, Saskatchwan, Aug. 17, 1974

Wakulla County Courthouse, Crawfordville, FL, Feb 4, 1976

Washington Avenue, North Adams, MA, July 14, 1974

West Market St. and N. Eugene St., Greensboro, NC, January 23, 1976

White House, Black Fence, Fronds

Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 16, 1974

Wise River, MT, September 19, 1979

Press Release

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to present a selection of 38 vintage chromogenic photographs by Stephen Shore, from the photographer’s hallmark body of work, Uncommon Places. The series, photographed from 1973-1979, documents what the artist calls, The Built American Environment, consisting of landscapes, interiors, portraits, and the details of everyday life across North America in the 1970s. According to artists Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth, this body of work has been highly influential to many artists of their generation. The exhibition includes a number of images from the republished and unabridged monograph of the same title. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, March 8 and runs through the 16th of April.

Stephen Shore (b. 1947) was just 14 years old when Edward Steichen purchased a group of the photographs for the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Throughout his later teenage years, Shore regularly frequented Andy Warhol’s Factory, gleaning essential aspects of pop and conceptual art that he would incorporate into his own work. In 1971, the artist became the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The foundations of his personal style laid thus, Shore began working with large-format cameras. He continued his pioneering efforts with color film and from 1973-1979, made a series of road trips across North America. With an increasingly heightened awareness towards what he deems the grammar of photographs—flatness, frame, time, focus—it was in these six years that Shore created, Uncommon Places: his own take on the American vernacular landscape. 

Previously defined by the black and white photography of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, Shore’s photographs are imbued with particular cultural resonances. These, combined with his use of color film and formalist mode, Shore's style set a precedent for contemporary artists that both Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky, in particular, graciously acknowledge. Uncommon Places was first published by Aperture in 1982. The book contained 49 plates—all landscape photographs from Shore’s six years on the road. In 2003, Aperture and Shore released Uncommon Places: The Complete Works, a supremely comprehensive body of the innovative series containing over 60 previously unpublished photographs.

A two-time National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and a recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Grant, Stephen Shore is currently the Susan Weber Soros Professor in the Arts at Bard College in New York. In addition to numerous one person and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe over the past thirty years, Shore’s photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and the Sprengel Museum (Germany).