The Little Screens
San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2001.
Condition: Nr Fine
The pictures, made in the 1960s, are of television screens housed in motel rooms and other rooms of anonymous character spread throughout the country. Each screen vividly transmits images of pop icons, political figures, or minor celebrities of the times. Walker Evans, writing about these photographs in a 1963 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, called them “deft, witty, spanking little poems of hate.” The Little Screens documents not only iconographic ghost-rooms filled with bland furnishings of the period, they also reveal an emerging reality—the omnipresence of TV screens and the drone of television voices and personalities to fill space in an increasingly isolationist culture. Item #2975