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Swamp and Pipeline, Geismar, Louisiana

Photography
Swamp and Pipeline, Geismar, Louisiana

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Richard Misrach
American, born 1949

Date

1998, printed 2012

Medium

Pigmented inkjet print

Accession #

2012.7

Dimensions

Image/Plate: 60 x 72 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 100

Description

Richard Misrach, renowned for his contemporary landscapes of the American West, received a commission from the High Museum for its Picturing the South initiative in 1998. He chose to photograph the highly industrialized section of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans known as Cancer Alley.

Misrach described Cancer Alley as a “remarkable corridor of historic, cultural, and natural resources, which in the past decades has been virtually decimated by the introduction of the petro-chemical industry. Alongside restored and potentially restorable classic antebellum plantations sit over 136 behemoth industrial sites—a bizarre juxtaposition of the charming and the horrific.”

Credit

Commissioned with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, Lucinda W. Bunnen, and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund

Image Copyright

(c) Richard Misrach 1998. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, Pace-MacGill Gallery and Marc Selwyn Fine Arts