Photograph by William Eggleston—Eggleston Artistic Trust, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
On view from October 26 - December 21, 2013 at Gagosian Gallery, New York: William Eggleston, “At Zenith”
During a 1978 road trip from Georgia to Tennessee, Eggleston photographed the sky from the car window using an early instant camera. The resulting images evoked small fragments of classical frescoes. The following day, he lay on the ground and continued to shoot the sky above. “At Zenith” brings together fifteen pigment prints from the Wedgwood Blue cloud series, in which Eggleston takes celestial zenith—the point of sky directly overhead—as his exclusive subject. These meditative images of wispy clouds interspersed with cerulean blue are painterly variations on a universal theme that has inspired artists from John Constable to Gerhard Richter. The photographs represent a broadening of Eggleston’s quotidian subjects—an exploratory, sky-gazing caesura within the lush panorama of his oeuvre.
The Borei Keila community, seeking a solution from the municipal authorities regarding their precarious habitat following their January 2012 eviction, marched to town hall again, following a rather predictable scenario: the community first pours through a roadblock set up by the police and then a roadblock set up by the community in front of the town hall is broken up by the police.
Shuffling, pushing, cursing, beating, it has become common. But today one man was arrested and brought to the police HQ on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. He was handled pretty roughly and even beaten up two or three times by the blue-clad municipal guards once inside the safety of the town hall compound.