Jan 13, 2009
Dec 4, 2008

Black Line, Bonneville Salt Flats

Canto XV: The Salt Flats

Black Line, Bonneville Salt Flats

1992 (printed 1996)

Richard Misrach

(American, 1949-)

Chromogenic print

Image: 46.1 x 58.4 cm (18 1/8 x 23 in.); Paper: 50.6 x 60.8 cm (19 15/16 x 23 15/16 in.); Matted: 71.1 x 81.3 cm (28 x 32 in.)

Jo Hershey Selden Fund 2008.155

Impression: 2



Misrach’s series Desert Cantos chronicles human interaction with the American desert. In this image from Canto XV, a guide for drivers attempting to break land speed records bisects the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The line acts as a ruler to provide scale for the seemingly infinite landscape. Dramatically dark against the pale plain, it is a forceful reminder of human presence in even the most desolate locations.

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