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Artist
Daniel Graham
Title
Untitled
Date
1996 - 1998
Medium
chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image: 9 × 13 9/16 inches (22.9 × 34.4 cm)Sheet: 10 15/16 × 14 inches (27.8 × 35.6 cm)Matted: 16 × 20 inches (40.6 × 50.8 cm)Framed: 16 × 20 inches (40.6 × 50.8 cm)
Tags
Photography
Credit Line
Gift of Zoë and Joel Dictrow.
Accession Number
2013.4.4
Dan Graham has been an important contemporary artist for over 50 years and has an extensive practice that includes performance, installation, writing, photography, video and architecture. He currently lives and works in New York City, but grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, a landscape that he often returns to for creative inspiration. His work, conceptual and theoretical in approach, seeks to analyze the cultural and political systems currently in place. One of his earliest and most well-known works was a series of photographs of suburban New Jersey homes titled Homes for America, which was published as a parody of a magazine think-piece. His straightforward approach seemingly critiqued the cookie-cutter aesthetic common to housing developments Post-WWII.

This untitled image of a truck distribution center depicts the long, empty boxes of truck beds through a chain-link fence taking a similar sense of banality as an aesthetic style. Through Graham’s lens, this photograph operates as a landscape of a different kind, one of commerce and asphalt.