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Bruce Wrighton
1959 Ford Skyliner, Red Robin Diner, Johnson City, NY

1987

US$2,500

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20 x 24 inch type-c print, edition 20. Estate stamp and edition number in ink on verso. Framing additional. Other sizes available - please inquire. Bruce Wrighton worked mainly in the mid-1980s, using an 8 x 10 inch camera to photograph near his home in Binghamton, New York. His “Dinosaurs and Dreamboats” series celebrated the classic American cars of the 1950s, juxtaposed within the older architecture of Binghamton. This series of 20 color photographs celebrates the irony inherent in classic automotive design and technology of the 1950s, in juxtaposition with classic American business ventures. More than simply portraits of marvelous cars and bygone shops, these vibrant images taken in upstate New York transport the viewer back in time to the post-WWII era, when America was optimistic, upbeat, and full of swagger. The design and technology of these machines was not lost on Bruce Wrighton. Though these cars were ridiculed shortly after their demise, they are now collected as symbols of an age in which America was proud, confident, and respected. It is with great irony that he chose the most colorful, flashiest automobiles to photograph in front of the most working-class businesses. Bruce Wrighton was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1950. He graduated from the University of Rochester and studied at the Visual Studies Workshop, and lived and worked in Binghamton, New York, until his death in 1988 at the age of 38. His work can be found in major museum, corporate, and private collections in the U.S and in Europe, including Goldman Sachs, Dow Jones, the Hall Family Foundation, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the Martin Margulies collection in Miami. His work has been exhibited at galleries in New York, Paris, and Hamburg, and in 2010 at the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig. Most recently, in 2013, his work was shown at the Center for Photography at Lectoure, France.

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