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“A New Sort of Poetry:” Wright Morris and 20th Century Photography

We are delighted to offer in our May 13th Fine Prints & Photographs auction a view of a Farmhouse in Winter, near Lincoln, Nebraska (1940, printed later) by the novelist and photographer Wright Morris (Lot 99, $1,200-1,800). In the late 1930s and 1940s, Morris made beautiful and poignant photographs exploring the rural culture of the American countryside. His emphasis was on architecture and still life, but unlike the work of Walker Evans, which provides a more formal description of American vernacular structures such as a view of graffiti on the side of a building in lower Manhattan (Lot 111, $1,500-2,500), Morris photographed farms and homesteads that were fading into the past.… Read More