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Pure Oil Sign in Landscape near Marion, Alabama

Pure Oil Sign in Landscape near Marion, Alabama

Artist: William Christenberry (American, 1936 - 2016)
Date: 1977 (printed 1988)
Medium: chromogenic print
Dimensions:
Image: 3 1/4 × 4 3/4 in. (8.3 × 12.1 cm)
Support: 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of John Robertshaw III, 2016
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2016.24.6
Description
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Christenberry moved away but was always returning to the rural counties of the state, often photographing the same site year after year. The distinctive landscape of the South was an important character in his photographs and like photographer Walker Evans, who also photographed in rural Alabama, Christenberry had a great affection for vernacular signage and American advertising graphics. This common oil sign would have been an everday roadside sight but also carries a nostalgic charge and a message of purity.
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