Colour Photographs: 1977-1988 is the first solo exhibition in the UK by the American photographer, Joel Sternfeld for 15 years. The exhibition at Beetles + Huxley in Mayfair features 30 vintage dye transfer and chromogenic prints, the exhibition showcases several pieces from one of Sternfeld's best-known bodies of work, American Prospects, along with further prints never previously exhibited.
As curator of the exhibition at Beetles + Huxley, gallery director Giles Huxley-Parlour, explains:
“Joel Sternfeld’s photographs from 1977-1988 deal with America, and in particular its expansive landscapes and the fragility of the ‘American Dream’. His work, therefore, seems particularly poignant at this juncture of American history. Some of the works in the exhibition, from the time of Sternfeld’s seminal work American Prospects, haven't been seen for 30 years, and it is only recently that Sternfeld has begun to revisit his archive. This has given us all the chance to reassess American Prospects, which was a pioneering and extraordinarily influential project”.
Born in 1944 in New York City, Sternfeld's award-winning work is characterised by its attention to societal issues, balanced by subtle irony and humour. Pictures included in the exhibition demonstrate early experiments with colour and conceptual strategies that the artist would develop later on into complete bodies of work.
'Colour Photographs: 1977-1988' is free to visit at Beetles + Huxley from 27th January – 18th February.