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Image of South Carolina

Larry Stark , b. Dec 24, 1940

South Carolina

1972
4 5/16 in. x 5/8 in. (10.95 cm x 1.59 cm)

Medium and Support: screenprint
Credit Line: gift of the artist
Accession Number: 1987.186.40

Commentary

For this photographic project, conceptual artist Larry Stark drove his van throughout the United States photographing in each of the fifty states. After compiling thousands of pictures, both in black and white and color, he produced a portfolio of fifty silk-screens to create a visual diary of his road trip. From highway signs to Mobil gas stations and Jack in the Box restaurants, the portfolio provides a snapshot of the early 1970s. Many prints also suggest multiple places at once, diluting a state’s individuality and challenging viewers to determine its exact location, implying the homogeneity of small town America.

Like Robert Frank’s The Americans of 1955–56, Stark’s The United States of America in the Early 1970s is a record of the open road. The artist once said “I’ve been across the country about 80 times and I did a lot of highways. It was art for travel and travel for art.” From artists Robert Frank and Larry Stark to popular movies like Easy Rider and National Lampoon's Vacation to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, many travelers are attracted to the country’s vastness and take to the open road each year.

Exhibition List
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Image of Alabama
Alabama

1987.186.1
Image of Georgia
Georgia

1987.186.10
Image of Hawaii
Hawaii

1987.186.11
Image of Idaho
Idaho

1987.186.12
Image of Illinois
Illinois

1987.186.13
Image of Indiana
Indiana

1987.186.14
Image of Iowa
Iowa

1987.186.15
Image of Kansas
Kansas

1987.186.16
Image of Kentucky
Kentucky

1987.186.17
Image of Louisiana
Louisiana

1987.186.18
Image of Maine
Maine

1987.186.19
Image of Alaska
Alaska

1987.186.2
Image of Maryland
Maryland

1987.186.20
Image of Massachusetts
Massachusetts

1987.186.21
Image of Michigan
Michigan

1987.186.22
Image of Minnesota
Minnesota

1987.186.23
Image of Mississippi
Mississippi

1987.186.24
Image of Missouri
Missouri

1987.186.25
Image of Montana
Montana

1987.186.26
Image of Nebraska
Nebraska

1987.186.27
Image of Nevada
Nevada

1987.186.28
Image of New Hampshire
New Hampshire

1987.186.29
Image of Arizona
Arizona

1987.186.3
Image of New Jersey
New Jersey

1987.186.30
Image of New Mexico
New Mexico

1987.186.31
Image of New York
New York

1987.186.32
Image of North Carolina
North Carolina

1987.186.33
Image of North Dakota
North Dakota

1987.186.34
Image of Ohio
Ohio

1987.186.35
Image of Oklahoma
Oklahoma

1987.186.36
Image of Oregon
Oregon

1987.186.37
Image of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania

1987.186.38
Image of Rhode Island
Rhode Island

1987.186.39
Image of Arkansas
Arkansas

1987.186.4
Image of South Dakota
South Dakota

1987.186.41
Image of Tennessee
Tennessee

1987.186.42
Image of Texas
Texas

1987.186.43
Image of Utah
Utah

1987.186.44
Image of Vermont
Vermont

1987.186.45
Image of Virginia
Virginia

1987.186.46
Image of Washington
Washington

1987.186.47
Image of West Virginia
West Virginia

1987.186.48
Image of Wisconsin
Wisconsin

1987.186.49
Image of California
California

1987.186.5
Image of Wyoming
Wyoming

1987.186.50
Image of Colorado
Colorado

1987.186.6
Image of Connecticut
Connecticut

1987.186.7
Image of Delaware
Delaware

1987.186.8
Image of Florida
Florida

1987.186.9


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