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    Stephen Shore (American, b. 1947)
    Greetings from Amarillo, Tall in Texas, 1971
    Color halftone
    3-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (8.9 x 14.0 cm)
    Ten postcards mounted together in three frames.

    PROVENANCE:
    303 Gallery, New York;
    Private collection.

    Stephen Shore quoted in the recent MoMA exhibition:

    This series of postcards is called Amarillo, 'Tall in Texas.' I made it in 1971. At this time, I'd been traveling around the country a little bit, and collecting postcards. And I found postcards fascinating, because they conveyed cultural information without the pretense of art. They seemed very direct and uninflected views of our culture. As a kind of homage to them, I wanted to do a series of postcards myself.

    And what I did was choose 10 highlights of Amarillo. Half of them are, in fact, subjects very typical of postcards: the main street, the hospital, the civic center, the court house. But, half of them are more local and quirky: Doug's Barbecue, and the Double Dip. These were places that, if you were a teenager growing up in Amarillo, this is where you would go.

    I made a miscalculation. I thought that what the New York art world wanted was postcards of Amarillo, Texas. I had thousands of cards printed, and sold none.

    So then, I tried to make the best of a bad situation. Since the postcards don't say the name 'Amarillo' on the back, they're generic cards; I could leave them anywhere. For the next several years as I traveled around the country, I would take handfuls of them and stuff postcard racks all over the country full of the cards.


    Condition Report*: In excellent condition with no visible defects.
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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    5th Tuesday
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