Feb 12, 2019
Feb 12, 2019

Mini-Bike for Sale, Tri-Valley Area, Northern California

Mini-Bike for Sale, Tri-Valley Area, Northern California

c. 1970

Bill Owens

(American, b. 1938)

Gelatin silver print (printed 2005)

Image: 33.5 x 43.6 cm (13 3/16 x 17 3/16 in.); Paper: 40.4 x 50.4 cm (15 7/8 x 19 13/16 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2017.309

Edition: 1/15

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This quintessential image from Owens’s series Leisure addresses the deflation of the American Dream in the early 1970s America. The artist’s photographs convey both the smug comfort of suburban middle-class affluence and an undercurrent of dissatisfaction and disillusionment.

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