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Collection Online as of June 12, 2024

Swamp and Pipeline, Geismar, Louisiana

Swamp and Pipeline, Geismar, Louisiana

(American, 1949-)
Image: 46.2 x 59 cm (18 3/16 x 23 1/4 in.); Paper: 50.8 x 60.9 cm (20 x 24 in.); Matted: 71.1 x 81.3 cm (28 x 32 in.)
Location: not on view


Throughout his career, Richard Misrach has expressed his concern for the environment by juxtaposing the inherent beauty of his natural subjects with the destructive impact of humanity on the land. Having photographed different aspects of America's deserts for over twenty years, he is widely recognized for his body of work titled Desert Cantos. Although Misrach chose a totally different terrain for this composition-the wetlands of southern Louisiana-his message remains unchanged. In this intensely colored formal composition, an unsightly pipe bisects the swamp and blemishes the natural landscape, evoking an uneasy feeling about the substance it may carry.
  • Gifts from the CMA Friends of Photography. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 7, 2002-April 23, 2003).
    Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; December 7, 2002 - April 23, 2003. "Gifts from the CMA Friends of Photography."
  • {{cite web|title=Swamp and Pipeline, Geismar, Louisiana|url=false|author=Richard Misrach|year=1998|access-date=12 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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