William Eggleston by Kevin Scanlon

William Eggleston

United States 1939

Pop Art, Photography


William Eggleston
William Eggleston
United States
October 23, 2014
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William Eggleston is an American photographer who was instrumental in making color photography an acceptable and revered form of art, worthy of gallery display. Born in 1939 and raised in the South, Eggleston spent his childhood drawing, playing piano, and tinkering with electronics. Eggleston found great joy in cutting out the pictures in magazines and purchasing postcards, and had a love of visual media. He attended boarding school in his teens, followed by a year at Vanderbilt University. He continued on to Delta State College, which held his interest for only one semester. He studied for five years at the University of Mississippi, but still failed to receive a degree. While there, Eggleston became interested in photography.

His work with color photography started in 1965, when he met William Christenberry. In 1960, Eggleston settled on color transparency as one of the main media he would use throughout his career. In 1973 and 1974, Eggleston was a teacher at Harvard University. He discovered the dye-transfer process while teaching, and, through experimentation, developed work such as The Red Ceiling in 1973. In 1976, Eggleston’s work was exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Throughout the years that followed, Eggleston published a number of portfolios, including Election Eve in 1976, The Morals of Vision in 1978, andTroubled Waters in 1980. In addition, Eggleston photographed the sets of several films, such as Annie and True Stories, in 1986. He also completed several record album covers for groups such as Big Star, Alex Chilton, Primal Scream, and Christopher Idylls. In 2003, Eggleston published Los Alamos, which contained his work from 1966 to 1974. He has also made a few media appearances, including a cameo in the movie Great Balls of Fireand a Marc Jacobs print advertisement.

William Eggleston currently lives and works in Memphis, TN.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2005 Mavericks of Color PhotographyPhiladelphia Museum of Art Group
2005Nightclub Portraits, 1973 Cheim & Read, New York, NY Solo
2004 William Eggleston, PrecolorCheim & Read Gallery, New York, NY Solo
2004 Colour After KleinBarbican Art Gallery, London Group
2003 Cruel and Tender Tate Modern, London, England. Traveling to Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany Group
2003 Strange DaysJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA Group
2002 Documenta 11Kassel, Germany Group
2002 William Eggleston: Los AlamosMuseum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany Solo
2001 Settings and Players White Cube Gallery, London, England Group
2001 William Eggleston, Recent WorkCheim & Read, New York, NY Solo
2000 The Desert Foundation Cartier, Paris, France Group
2000 William Eggleston el color como lenguajeFotoseptiembre Internacional, Mexico City, Mexico Solo
1999 William Eggleston and the Color Tradition J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA Group
1999 Cadillac Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1998 Developing Illusions, 1873-1998: Photographs from the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of ArtCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Group
1998 William Eggleston, 213 – Marion de Beaupré, Paris, France Solo
1997 Hope PhotographsNational Arts Club, New York, NY Group
1997 10.D.70.V1 and 10.D.70.V2Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1995 Recent Acquisitions Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY Group
1995 Four PortfoliosArt Museum of University of Memphis, Memphis, TN Solo
1994 Gesture and Pose: Twentieth Century Photographs from the Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY Group
1994 From Graceland to WastelandLaurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1993 In CameraMuseum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM Group
1993 William EgglestonRobert Miller Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1992 Recent Acquisitions: William EgglestonGeorge Eastman House, Rochester, NY Group
1992 Ancient and ModernBarbican Art Gallery, London, England Solo
1991 Volumes of Photographs: Eggleston and ChristenberryMemphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN Group
1990 Photography Until NowMuseum of Modern Art, New York, NYMemphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN Group
1990 William Eggleston: The Democratic ForestCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Solo
1989 William EgglestonLaurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1989 Untitled Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Group
1988 William EgglestonMiddendorf Gallery, Washington, D.C. Solo
1987 William EgglestonSouthern Texas Museum, Austin, TX Solo
1986 William Eggleston’s Early Black and White Photography Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN Solo
1986 Twenty-Five Years of Modern Color Photography Photokina, Cologne, Germany Group
1985 Untitled Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England Group
1985 Recent Color PhotographsFriends of Photography, Carmel, CA Solo
1984 William Eggleston: Dye Transfer Photographs of Elvis Presley’s HomeRobert Miller Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1984 New Color New Work: Eighteen Photographic Essays, Middendorf Gallery, Washington D.C. Group
1983 Subjective VisionHigh Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA Group
1983 William Eggleston: Color Photographs from the American SouthVictoria and Albert Museum, London, England. Solo
1982 Slices of Time: California Landscape Photography: 1860 - 1880, 1960 - 1980Oakland Museum, CA. Group
1982 William Eggleston: 5 Projects Lunn Gallery, Washington, D.C. Solo
1981 William Eggleston: Photographs 1967-1978 Light Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1981 Color in Contemporary Color PhotographyUniversity Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL Group
1980 Troubled Waters Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1980 Three American PhotographersSunne Savage Gallery, Boston, MA Group
1979 Auto-IconsWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Group
1979 William EgglestonPhotographer’s Gallery, Melbourne, Australia Solo
1978 William Eggleston: Color PhotographsAllan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, IL Solo
1978 Evocative Presence: Twentieth Century Photographs in the Museum CollectionMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX Group
1977 The Contemporary South, a United States Information Agency traveling exhibition New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA Group
1977 William Eggleston: Color Photographs 1966-1977Castelli Graphics,Leo Castelli, New York Solo
1976 Photographs by William EgglestonThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Solo
1976 Aspects of American Photography 1976University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO Group
1975 14 American PhotographersThe Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD. Group
1975 William Eggleston Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Solo
1974 Art Now '74Kennedy Art Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Group
1974 William EgglestonJefferson Place Gallery, Washington, D.C. Solo
1972 Photography Workshop InvitationalCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Group