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Wayne Sorce’s Nostalgic America

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Wayne Sorce, East Chicago, 1977. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

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Wayne Sorce, Halsted Street, Chicago, 1978. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

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Wayne Sorce, L.B. Oil, New York, 1984. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

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Wayne Sorce, Vinegar Hill, New York, 1985. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

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Wayne Sorce, Five Bros, 1982. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

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Wayne Sorce, El Platform, Chicago, 1978. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

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Wayne Sorce, Dave's Restaurant, New York, 1984. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

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Wayne Sorce, Parklane Hosiery, 1980. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

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Wayne Sorce, Fort Dearborn Coffee, Chicago, 1977. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

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Wayne Sorce, Brooklyn Bridge, 1985. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

“For me, photography is very important in that it exists because of everything else,” Wayne Sorce stated in a 1973 issue of Camera magazine. For Sorce (1946–2015), his photographs were embedded in the identity of the cities in which they were taken, namely Chicago and New York. The exhibition Urban Color, currently on view at Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, California, presents selections of Sorce’s masterful work from the late 1970s and early ’80s. With their primary-color palette, old Cadillacs, retro store fronts, neon signs, and midcentury street corners, Sorce’s images contain a uniquely American sensibility, akin to the paintings of Edward Hopper. Like Stephen Shore and Walker Evans, Sorce flattens space, filling his images with graphic architecture and wry signage. While photography might exist because of everything else, such nostalgic images of America are enduring because of photographers like Sorce.

Wayne Sorce: Urban Color is on view at Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, California, through December 30, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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