AboutâSaville is â¦ the Atget of vanishing New York, prowling her city at the other end of the day, picking up pieces of the past in the present, just before it is swallowed by shadows.' Arthur C. Danto *
Night/Shift is Lynn Saville's first solo selling UK exhibition. Featured in the book of the same title, published by Random House / Monacelli Press in 2009, Night/Shift is a series of color photographs of offbeat New York cityscapes, taken at twilight and dawn. Subdued tones and shadows reveal a geometry hidden beneath the visual distractions of daylight, creating an unsettling and evocative alternative view of the city.
Lynn Saville describes one of her photographic observations of New York as, âJust as twilight is a kind of fluid boundary between daylight and full night, parts of the city are boundaries between past and present, rural and urban, habitation and vacancy. Exploring the border between Brooklyn and Queens one evening, I discovered such a place behind the large neon Pepsi-Cola sign on the East River. For years, I had seen that sign from the Manhattan side as a kind of commercial icon. Now, I was suddenly on a construction site, with bulldozers and backhoes parked for the night. The earth was beautifully plowed, dark brown and scored with tracks, as if on a farm. I was startled into a vision of Manhattan's rural past, ensconced and hidden behind the great red sign.'
Lynn Saville (b.1950, Durham, North Carolina) lives and works in New York City. Educated at Duke University and the Pratt Institute, USA, she is now a visiting artist and teacher at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Denver Art Museum.
Signed limited edition c-type prints :
20 x 24 inches edition of 15 from £1200 + VATâ¨
30 x 40 inches edition of 15 from £2300 + VATâ¨
40 x 50 inches edition of 5 from £3000 + VAT
Signed copies of the book âNight / Shift' are
available at the special exhibition price of £30
Free UK packaging and postage on book orders.
Hardback, 143 pages, 23.6 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm.
The Monacelli Press, New York, 2009.
(* taken from the introduction written by Arthur C. Danto)