Terry Evans: Ancient Prairies

January 14 - February 27, 2021
  • Yancey Richardson is proud to present Ancient Prairies, an exhibition of new photographs by Chicago-based artist Terry Evans. Marking her fourth exhibition at the gallery, Evans expands on her decades-long connection with the prairie as the spiritual center of her work. Through the creation of photographic mosaics of these ecosystems, Evans explores the complexity of the prairie landscape, the element of time in landscape photography and the delicate relationship between nature and humankind. 

  • Spring Bur Oak, Chicago, Jackson Park, 2019. Archival pigment print, 40 x 55 inches, AP 2/2. $13,500.

    Spring Bur Oak, Chicago, Jackson Park, 2019. Archival pigment print, 40 x 55 inches, AP 2/2. $13,500.

  • Since 1978, Evans’s work has been shaped by her inquiry and exploration of the American prairie.  From detailed ground-level studies of intricate botanical life to aerial photographs in her series Inhabited Prairie, Evans’s investigations reveal the contradictions, mysteries and beauty of this seemingly mute landscape. The series Ancient Prairies focuses on restored prairies that endure due to human care.  Each image comprises dozens of individual photographs of the same site, taken over many days from different perspectives and across varying weather conditions. The resulting images are dynamic studies of place and time, imbued with a Cubist-like sense of visual connections and interruptions, and ultimately forming a cohesive whole conveying the artists deeply personal experience of a particular place. 

  • Night, near Salina, Kansas, April 2020, 2020. Archival pigment print, 40 x 40 inches. $9,700.

    Night, near Salina, Kansas, April 2020, 2020. Archival pigment print, 40 x 40 inches. $9,700.

    • Terry Evans Fent's Prairie, near Salina, Kansas, May 28 & 29, 2018 Archival Pigment Print 40 x 59 inches Edition of 6
      Terry Evans
      Fent's Prairie, near Salina, Kansas, May 28 & 29, 2018
      Archival Pigment Print
      40 x 59 inches
      Edition of 6
      $9,700.00
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    • Terry Evans A Small Central Illinois Prairie, May, 2018 Archival Pigment Print 40 x 46 inches Edition of 6
      Terry Evans
      A Small Central Illinois Prairie, May, 2018
      Archival Pigment Print
      40 x 46 inches
      Edition of 6
      $9,700.00
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    • Terry Evans Dune and Swale, Northern Indiana, September, 2018 Archival Pigment Print 40 x 57 inches Edition of 6
      Terry Evans
      Dune and Swale, Northern Indiana, September, 2018
      Archival Pigment Print
      40 x 57 inches
      Edition of 6
      $9,700.00
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    • Terry Evans Fent's Prairie, near Salina, Kansas, Winter, 2019 Archival Pigment Print 40 x 55 inches Edition of 6
      Terry Evans
      Fent's Prairie, near Salina, Kansas, Winter, 2019
      Archival Pigment Print
      40 x 55 inches
      Edition of 6
      $9,700.00
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  • 'I hope to make pictures, even one picture, that comes somewhat close to the complexity of what I'm seeing, to...

    Willow Tree, Chicago, Jackson Park, September, 2020. Archival pigment print, 40 x 46 inches. $9,700

    "I hope to make pictures, even one picture, that comes somewhat close to the complexity of what I'm seeing, to the complexity of these places themselves or this tree itself. That's what I keep working towards."  
    -Terry Evans

  • Bur Oak with Roots, January, 2020. Archival pigment print, 52 x 34 inches. $9,700

    Bur Oak with Roots, January, 2020. Archival pigment print, 52 x 34 inches. $9,700

  • In Prairie Specimens, Evans's photographs of the century-old botanical specimens held in the archives of the Field Museum, Chicago and the Smithsonian Museum address man's attempt to understand the natural world through the act of collecting, archiving, cataloguing and studying its inhabitants.  The carefully arranged and documented botanical specimens relay the archivist's passion for the objects while the labels' calligraphic script and typed notations reveal the passage of time. Evans presents the objects with the utmost clarity, conveying a tactile and physical quality that echoes the care and intense scrutiny given these specimens by the original collectors and the scientists who have subsequently studied them.

  • Field Museum, Flora of Kansas, White Daisy, May 24, 1896, 2000. Iris print, 20 x 24 inches. $3,500

    Field Museum, Flora of Kansas, White Daisy, May 24, 1896, 2000. Iris print, 20 x 24 inches. $3,500

    • Terry Evans Field Museum, Tradescantia, 1898, 2000 Iris Print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 15
      Terry Evans
      Field Museum, Tradescantia, 1898, 2000
      Iris Print
      24 x 20 inches
      Edition of 15
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    • Terry Evans Field Museum, Andropogon, 1893, 2000 Iris Print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 15
      Terry Evans
      Field Museum, Andropogon, 1893, 2000
      Iris Print
      24 x 20 inches
      Edition of 15
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    • Terry Evans Field Museum, Helianthus, Chicago, 1905, 2000 Iris Print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 15
      Terry Evans
      Field Museum, Helianthus, Chicago, 1905, 2000
      Iris Print
      24 x 20 inches
      Edition of 15
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    • Terry Evans Smithsonian, Asclepias, 1881, 2000 Iris Print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 15
      Terry Evans
      Smithsonian, Asclepias, 1881, 2000
      Iris Print
      24 x 20 inches
      Edition of 15
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  • 'I always felt a sense of wonder at the care that had been put into the gathering, and the naming,...

    Field Museum, Helianthus, Chicago, 1899 (leaf), 2000. Iris print, 24 x 20 inches. $3,500.

    "I always felt a sense of wonder at the care that had been put into the gathering, and the naming, and the information, all there for someone else to use later in order to understand that particular species. How else can we know where we fit in relationship to everything else in the world, but by seeing it with attention, concentrated sustained attention."

    -Terry Evans

    • Terry Evans Smithsonian, Echinacea, 1899, 2000 Iris Print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 15
      Terry Evans
      Smithsonian, Echinacea, 1899, 2000
      Iris Print
      24 x 20 inches
      Edition of 15
      $3,500.00
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    • Terry Evans Field Museum, Helianthus Annuus, 1899, 2000 Iris Print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 15
      Terry Evans
      Field Museum, Helianthus Annuus, 1899, 2000
      Iris Print
      24 x 20 inches
      Edition of 15
      $3,500.00
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    • Terry Evans Field Museum, Echinacea, 1899, 2000 Iris Print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 15
      Terry Evans
      Field Museum, Echinacea, 1899, 2000
      Iris Print
      24 x 20 inches
      Edition of 15
      $3,500.00
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  • A native of Kansas, Terry Evans (b. 1944) has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, and the Field Museum, Chicago. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award. Several books have been published on Evans’s work including Prairie: Images of Ground and Sky, The Inhabited Prairie, Disarming the Prairie and Heartland. Her work is held in major museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among many others.