New York

Stephen Shore

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
October 23, 2005–January 23, 2006

Curated by Bob Nickas

Developing out of his earlier experiments with Pop and Conceptualist practices, Stephen Shore’s “American Surfaces” signaled a shift away from the theatrical anomie of late ’60s American street photography. Photographing with a miniature 35 mm camera on road trips in 1972 and 1973, Shore documented nearly everything and everyone he encountered, producing perhaps the most stylistically expressive and hauntingly autobiographical work of his career, while laying the foundation for the stoic large-format images that would dominate his oeuvre over the next decade. The resulting series, over three hundred examples of which are on view, is an uneasy portrait of ’70s America that is as coolly detached as it is deeply affecting. The show coincides with Phaidon’s updated publication of American Surfaces.