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William Eggleston

Cheim & Read

William Eggleston’s color photographs were the first ever to be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in 1976. This breakthrough was shocking to some at the time, but the content of his photographs has generally been more interesting, not to say more provocative, than their use of color. In fact, Eggleston’s deployment of color rarely seems innate to the image, suggesting it functions instead as a sort of distracting camouflage for the real subjects of his work.

Of the twenty-four new images on view here—all made in the “21st Century,” as this exhibition was titled—there were some that suggest a voyeuristic curiosity about female sexuality. It seems apparent in the naked rear of a female statue captured in Untitled (Rear of Woman Statue in Window, Mexico), 2005; in the juxtaposition of a woman with a square black hole, suggesting a fantasy of the vagina as a dark abyss, in

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