William Eggleston

 Institution (1)

 About Artist

Works by William Eggleston mirror a deserted, degenerated world left to its own devices: things and people appear separated from their social contexts, released from their functions in everyday life. His relevance as a classic in photography consists of the special treatment of color as a creative level of meaning of photography. Eggleston produced an aesthetic of strangeness, whereby a psychological moment is usually inherent in the color, grown from the attempt to dissect perception: “I have often asked myself, what other creatures see - whether they see as we do. I have tried to take a lot of different photographs that look as if they had not been taken by humans.”


William Eggleston lives and works in Memphis

1939 born in Memphis, Tennessee (USA)

Studies at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Delta College, Cleveland, Mississippi and University of Mississippi, Oxford


1974 Guggenheim Fellowship

1975 National Endowment for the Arts Photographer's Fellowship

1978 National Endwoment Awart for the Arts

1989 Award "54 Master Photographers of 1960-1979", Photographic Society of Japan

1996 University of Memphis Distinguished Achievement Award

1998 Hasselblad Award, Gothenborg (S)

2003 Gold Medal for Photography, National Arts Club

2004 Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award PhotoEspaña Award


2012 "William Eggleston. Troubled Waters", Hengesbach Gallery, Berlin

2011 "William Eggleston", Gagosian Gallery, Paris

2010 "William Eggleston. 21st Century", Victoria Miro Gallery, London

2008-2009 “William Eggleston. Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Traveled to Haus der Kunst, Munich *

2005 "Nightclub Portraits. 1973", Cheim & Read, New York

2004 "William Eggleston. Precolor", Cheim & Read Gallery, New York "William Eggleston. Dust Bells" Victoria Miro Gallery, London

2002 "William Eggleston. Los Alamos", Museum Ludwig, Cologne (D), Traveled to Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serravles (P) National Museum for Contemporary Art, Oslo Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek (DK) Albertina, Vienna San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (USA) Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas (USA)

2001 "William Eggleston. Recent Work", Cheim & Read, New York "William Eggleston. Photoespana", Madrid "Snapshots from Life. Photographs by William Eggleston", The Arts Center, St. Petersburg (USA) "William Eggleston", Foundation Cartier, Paris, Traveled to Hayward Gallery, London "Mostly California Desert Pictures 1999-2001", Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California (USA) "William Eggleston", Cheim & Read Gallery, New York

2000 “William Eggleston el color como lenguaje“, Fotoseptiembre Internacional, Mexico City "William Eggleston", Gallery Hue-Williams Michael Fine Art, London (UK)

1999 "Cadillac", Cheim & Read Gallery, New York “William Eggleston. Photographs 1966-1971“, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York “William Eggleston. In Color, 1966-1996“, Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Santa Monica, California (USA) “William Eggleston: 1998 Hasselblad Award Winner“, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg (S). Traveled to Bilbao (E) “Eggleston 70/90“, Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Santa Monica, California (USA)

1998 "Morals of Vision", Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (D)

1997 Robert Miller Gallery, New York

1995 "Four Portfolios", Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis (USA) Shiraishi Contemporary Art, Yokohama (JAP)

1994 "Frühe Farbphotographien", Räume für neue Kunst / Rolf Hengesbach, Wuppertal (D) "From Graceland to Wasteland", Laurence Miller Gallery, New York Th.e., Naples (I) Scarrab Gallery, Cleveland. Ohio (USA) Kurts Bingham Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee (USA)

1993 "Ancient and Modern", Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek (DK) "Ancient and Modern", Museum Folkwang, Essen (D) "Ancient and Modern", Fotomuseum, Winterthur (CH) Robert Miller Gallery, New York Kurts Bingham Gallery, Memphis Tennessee (USA)

1992 "Ancient and Modern", Barbican Gallery, London

1990 "Democratic Forest", Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.

1989 Laurence Miller Gallery, New York New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans (USA) The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, Mississippi (USA)

1988 Middendorf Gallery, Washington D.C.

1987 Southern Texas Museum, Austi, Texas (USA)

1986 "William Eggleston´s Early Black and White Photographie", Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis Tennessee (USA) *

1985 Friends of Photography, Carmel, California (USA) Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia (USA) Allen Street Gallery, Dallas, Texas (USA) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1984 Robert Miller Gallery, New York "Graceland", Middendorf Gallery, Washington D.C. Birmingham Museum, Birmingham, Alabama (USA) James Corocoran Gallery, Los Angeles (USA) Aspen Museum of Art, Colorado (USA) Art Institute of Chicago (USA)

1983 Victoria and Albert Museum, London Werkstatt für Photographie, Berlin Fotogalerie im Forum Stadtpark, Graz (A)

1982 Lunn Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1980 "Troubled Waters", Charles Cowles Gallery, New York

1979 Photographer´s Gallery, Melborne (AUS) Volkshochschule, Berlin "American Photography in the 1970´s", Art Institute of Chicago (USA)

1978 Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas (USA) "Election Eve" Cronin Gallery, Houston,Texas (USA)

1977 Memphis Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee(USA) Castelli Graphis/Leo Castelli, New York Frumkin Gallery, Chicago (USA) Lunn Gallery, Washington, D.C. "Election Eve", Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Grapesteak Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1976 "Photographs by William Eggleston", The Museum of Modern Art, New York Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (USA) Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California (USA) University of California at Los Angeles (USA) Reed College, Portland, Oregon (USA) Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (USA) Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco (USA)

1975 Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1974 Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, D.C.


2012 „20 YEARS“, Hengesbach Gallery, Berlin

2005 “Mavericks of Color Photography“, Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA)

2004 “Colour After Klein“, Barbican Art Gallery, London

2003 “Cruel and Tender“, Tate Modern, London, England; Museum Ludwig, Cologne “Strange Days“, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (USA)

2002 Documenta 11, Kassel (D)

2001 “Settings and Players“, White Cube Gallery, London (UK)

2000 The Desert, Foundation Cartier, Paris How You Look at It: Photographs of the 20th Century, Sprengel Museum, Hannover (D)

1999 “William Eggleston and the Color Tradition“, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (USA)

1997 "Hope Photographs", National Arts Club, New York

1996 "American Masters of Photography. A 100 Year Survey", Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania (USA) "Blind Spot. The First Four Years", Paolo Baldacci Gallery, New York

1995 "Heimat", The Jewish Museum, Vienna "Blind Spot", Dallas Artists and Research Exhibition, Dallas (USA) Tibet House Benefit Exhibition, Robert Miller Gallery, New York “Human Nature Benefit Exhibtion“, The New Museum, New York "100 Years / 100 Images", Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt a. M. (D) "3. Internationale Foto-Trienale, Esslingen (D) "Seeing Things", Andre Emmerich, New York "20/20" In Khan Gallery, New York

1994 “A Sense of Place", Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon (USA) "One Hundred Years of Street Photography", Wright State University, Dahton, Ohio (USA)

1993 “In Camera“, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexiko (USA) “Daydream Nation“, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

1992 "Die Wahrheit des Sichtbaren. Edward Hopper und die Fotografie", Museum Folkwang, Essen (D)

1989 Scibu Gallery, Tokyo

1985 Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1981 "Color in Contemporary Color Photography", University Museum of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois (USA)

1980 "Three American Photographers", Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts (USA) "Lee Friedlander, William Eggleston", Atlanta Galleryo of Photography, Atlanta, Georgia (USA) "Egglestion/Nixon", Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (USA) "Aspects of the 1970´s", DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (USA) * "Zeitgenössische Amerikanische Farbphotographie, Galerie Rudolf Kicken, Cologne "Farbwerke-Eine neue Generation", Kunsthaus, Zurich "Southeastern Graphics Invitational", Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)* Bibliotheque Nationale, "Nuages", Paris

1979 "Auto-Icons", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York "One of a Kind", Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (USA) * "American Landscape Photography", Diane Brown Gallery, Washington D.C. "Ten from´Mirrors and Mirrors", Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco (USA) "American Images", Corcoran Gallery of Art (traveling), Washington D.C.* "Photographie im Alltag Amerikas", Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich "Photographie als Kunst", Tiroler Landesmuseum, Innsbruck (AU)* "Invitational Color Photography", MoMing Gallery, Chicago (USA) "Curator´s Choice: Contemporary American Photography", Fortuny Museum, Venezia (I)

1978 "New York, New York", Light Gallery, New York "Photographs from the Wagstaff Collection", Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "In Color", A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans (USA) "Photographs from the Wagstaff Collection", Grey Art Gallery, New York "Six Photographers", Diane Brown Gallery, Washington D.C. "By the Side of the Road", Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire (USA) "Mirrors and Windows", Museum of Modern Art, New York * "23 Photographers, 23 Directions", Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (UK) "The Quality of Presence", Lunn Gallery, Washington D.C. * "Amerikanische Landschaftsphotographie", Die Neue Sammlung, Munich

1977 "The Contemporary South", USIA traveling exhibition, organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans (USA) "10 Photographes Contemporains tendances actuelles aux Etats-Unis", Galerie Zabriskie, Paris "Contemporary Color Photography", Indiana Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana (USA) "William Eggleston, William Christenberry", The Morgan Gallery, Shawnee Mission, Kansas (USA) "Some Color Photographs", Castelli Graphics, New York "Contemporary American Photogratic Works", The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (USA)

1976 "Aspects of American Photography", University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri (USA) * "Spectrum", Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester (USA) "Color Photographs 1976", The Broxton Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)

1975 "14 American Photographers", Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. Traveled to Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California (USA) La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, California (USA) Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) The Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (USA) "Color Photography. Inventors and Innovators 1850-1975", Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut (USA) * "Photography 2", Jack Glenn Gallery, San Diego, California (USA) *

1974 "Art Now ´74", Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.

1973 "Photography Workshop Invitational", Corcoran Gallery of Art, Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.


* Catalogue


Art Institute of Chicago (USA)

Fondation Cartier, Paris

Hasselblad Center. Göteborg (S)

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (USA)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum Folkwang, Essen (D)

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Museum of Modern Art, New York

The National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.

Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

Sprengel Museum, Hannover (D)

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Victoria & Albert Museum, London


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