William Eggleston, Paris, C - print, 28 x 35.6 cm, 2006-2008 Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain Courtesy Cheim and Read, New York © 2009 Eggleston Artistic Trust, Memphis

June 5 to August 22, 2010 – Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of William Eggleston’s work at a Japanese museum. The exhibition focuses on two series of works commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris and shown in their space in Paris for the very first time in 2001 and 2009. The exhibition also shows a group of the artist’s most famous historical works from the collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
For three years, American photographer William Eggleston has photographed the city of Paris as part of a commission for the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. Taken throughout different seasons, these new images by one of the father sof color photography portray the local and the cosmopolitan, the glamorous and the gritty, the everyday and the extraordinary. This exhibition also provides an exceptional occasion to bring together William Eggleston’s distinctive pictures and his recent paintings, an unknown aspect of his work that has never before been presented to the public.
On a previous commission, also from Fondation Cartier, and in response to a “go-as-you please” project, Eggleston identified Kyoto as his favorite city, and one he already knew and loved. Always far from stereotypes and attentive to everyday details of urban life, his “democratic eye” once again brings his very personal and strong vision of the world deep into Japanese culture.

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