Mitch Epstein: Psychogram of a Nation

September 19, 2020 - October 31, 2020
  • Throughout his four decade career, Mitch Epstein has examined the cultural psychology of the United States, revealing America as both a place and an idea. From his early pioneering color photographs of American life in the seventies and eighties, to his recent series focusing on the confluence of nature and human society, Epstein has consistently created formally and conceptually complex images resulting from a highly sophisticated and nuanced approach to photography.

    In parallel with our participation in Art Basel OVR:2020, we’re pleased to present a selection of iconic images from four of Epstein’s major color series: Property Rights (2019), American Power (2009), Family Business (2003) and Recreation: American Photographs (1973 - 1988).

  • PROPERTY RIGHTS In his most recent body of work Property Rights, Mitch Epstein probes the fissures in a flawed national...
    Mitch Epstein
    Standing Rock Prayer Walk, North Dakota, 2018
    Chromogenic Print
    25 x 33 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 APs

    PROPERTY RIGHTS

    In his most recent body of work Property Rights, Mitch Epstein probes the fissures in a flawed national narrative about citizenship, land rights and human freedoms. The photographs pose questions about the definition of property, and the relationship between humans and natural land. In an era roiled by issues of human rights and environmental degradation, Epstein frames the American landscape as a site of both discord and unity, a psychogram of a troubled nation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Mitch Epstein Ironwood Forest National Monument, Arizona, 2018 Chromogenic Print 45 x 58 inches Edition of 6 + 2 APs
      Mitch Epstein
      Ironwood Forest National Monument, Arizona, 2018
      Chromogenic Print
      45 x 58 inches
      Edition of 6 + 2 APs
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    • Mitch Epstein Bisbee, Arizona, 2017 Chromogenic Print 45 x 58 inches Edition of 6 + 2 APS
      Mitch Epstein
      Bisbee, Arizona, 2017
      Chromogenic Print
      45 x 58 inches
      Edition of 6 + 2 APS
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    "Those conversations and the real righteousness of those voices stayed with me and enabled me to begin to think in a more extended way about how compelling and challenging it would be to do a piece about land in America that would hopefully bring about some new way of looking at it, this notion of who are we to think we can claim ownership of land?"

     


     

     

     

     

     

  • Mitch Epstein
    Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Six Grandfathers, South Dakota, 2018
    Chromogenic Print
    45 x 58 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 APs
  • AMERICAN POWER American Power (2009) examines how energy is produced and used in the American landscape, and how energy influences...
    Mitch Epstein
    Green Mountain Wind Farm, Fluvana, Texas, 2005
    Chromogenic Print
    45 x 58 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 APs

    AMERICAN POWER

    American Power (2009) examines how energy is produced and used in the American landscape, and how energy influences American lives. Made on forays to production sites and their environs, these pictures question the power of nature, government, corporations, and mass consumption—as well as the power of looking—in the United States.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Mitch Epstein
    Poca High School and Amos Coal Power Plant, West Virginia, 2004
    Chromogenic Print
    45 x 58 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 APs
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    "I realized that power was like a Russian nesting doll. Each time I opened one kind of power, I found another kind inside. When I opened electrical power, I discovered political power; when I opened political power, I discovered corporate power; within corporate was consumer; within consumer was civic; within civic was religous, and so on, one type of power enabling the next. I began making these pictures with the idea that an artist lives outside of the nesting doll, and simply opens and examines it. But now - while America teeters betwen collapse and transformation - I see it differently; as an artist, I sit outside, but also within, exerting my own power."

     


     

     

     

     

     

    • Mitch Epstein Altamont Pass Wind Farm, California II, 2007 Chromogenic Print 45 x 58 inches Edition of 6 + 2 APs
      Mitch Epstein
      Altamont Pass Wind Farm, California II, 2007
      Chromogenic Print
      45 x 58 inches
      Edition of 6 + 2 APs
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    • Mitch Epstein Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, 2007 Chromogenic Print 45 x 58 inches Edition of 6 + 2 APs
      Mitch Epstein
      Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, 2007
      Chromogenic Print
      45 x 58 inches
      Edition of 6 + 2 APs
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  • FAMILY BUSINESS Family Business (2003) is a multimedia project about disillusionment and broken American dreams, rendered as an epic drama...
    Mitch Epstein
    Warehouse, 2000
    Chromogenic Print
    60 x 76 inches
    Edition of 3 + 3 APs

    FAMILY BUSINESS

    Family Business (2003) is a multimedia project about disillusionment and broken American dreams, rendered as an epic drama surrounding Epstein's father and the demise of the family furniture store and real estate business. The project captures the psychological tensions implicit in a family business bankruptcy, and resonates as a metaphor for the demise of many post-industrial American towns where small businesses and the main street they comprise have shuttered in the face of mega-coporations, big box stores, and the internet.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Mitch Epstein Dad's Briefcase, 2000 Chromogenic Print 30 x 40 inches Edition of 10 + 3 APs
      Mitch Epstein
      Dad's Briefcase, 2000
      Chromogenic Print
      30 x 40 inches
      Edition of 10 + 3 APs
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    • Mitch Epstein Office Door, 2000 Chromogenic Print 50 x 60 inches Edition of 5 + 3 APs
      Mitch Epstein
      Office Door, 2000
      Chromogenic Print
      50 x 60 inches
      Edition of 5 + 3 APs
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    "What I witnessed when I went home during the crisis was about much more than my father. It was about the town and an American way of life that was disappearing, and so I felt I could do this without succumbing to sentimentality. As troubled as the world around me is, though, it’s still extraordinarily beautiful and holds the promise of change and justice. I am acutely aware of nature’s inherent beauty and transformative power. I’ve worked to finesse a pictorial strategy where beauty is often a foil for terror."


     

     

  • Mitch Epstein
    Apartment 304, 398 Main Street 2001, 2000
    Chromogenic Print
    30 x 40 inches
    Edition of 10 + 3 APs
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     "I think that in photography, the most surprising and thrilling pictures are often the ones that are made out of nothing."

     


     

     

     

     

     

  • Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988 Recreation, made in the seventies and eighties, offers a window into the beginning and breadth of...
    Mitch Epstein
    West Side Highway, New York City, 1977
    Chromogenic Print
    28 x 42 inches
    Edition of 5 + 3 APs

    Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988

    Recreation, made in the seventies and eighties, offers a window into the beginning and breadth of Mitch Epstein's career. Ordinary things here startle, while the extraordinary appears at perfect ease in the world. Epstein's sharp wit is laced with compassion and a poetic sensibility. He has turned rituals of boredom and beauty, excess and denial, alienation and possibility, into a distillation of modern America.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Mitch Epstein Madison Avenue, New York, 1973 Chromogenic Print 28 x 42 inches Edition of 5 + 3 APs
      Mitch Epstein
      Madison Avenue, New York, 1973
      Chromogenic Print
      28 x 42 inches
      Edition of 5 + 3 APs
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    • Mitch Epstein Glacier National Park, Montana, 1988 Chromogenic Print 20 x 24 inches Edition of 10 + 3 APs
      Mitch Epstein
      Glacier National Park, Montana, 1988
      Chromogenic Print
      20 x 24 inches
      Edition of 10 + 3 APs
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  • Mitch Epstein
    Cocoa Beach I, Florida, 1983
    Chromogenic Print
    20 x 24 inches
    Edition of 10 + 3 APs
  • Born in 1952 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Epstein lives and works in New York City. His photographs are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern, J. Paul Getty Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. The Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth will present a solo exhibition of Property Rights in December 2020.