May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021

Young Girls Blowing Cup Bubbles Near a Stream, Tri-Valley Area, Northern California

Suburbia

Young Girls Blowing Cup Bubbles Near a Stream, Tri-Valley Area, Northern California

1969–75

Bill Owens

(American, b. 1938)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 14.1 x 21.2 cm (5 9/16 x 8 3/8 in.); Paper: 20.1 x 25.2 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2019.276

Location

Did you know?

Since 1970, more Americans have lived in suburbs than in the cities they surround.

Description

In Suburbia, Bill Owens addresses suburban life in Northern California and the deflation of the American Dream in the 1970s. Contemporary photographer Gregory Crewdson likened Owens’s images of suburban America to the writings and pictures of Edward Hopper, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver in the way they “find unexpected beauty and mystery within the American vernacular.”

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Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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