The Red Ceiling


The Red Ceiling

The Red Ceiling is the title of a photograph by William Eggleston. It is also known as "Greenwood, Mississippi, 1973" after the location and year it was taken.

A dye transfer print measuring 13 7/8 by 21 11/16 inches, Eggleston considers it among his most challenging and powerful works, "so powerful that, in fact, I've never seen it reproduced on the page to my satisfaction"J. Paul Getty Museum. [http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=134392 Greenwood, Mississippi.] Retrieved September 6, 2008.] .

A copy of the photograph is held by the J. Paul Getty Museum, but is currently not on view at the Getty Center. Another copy of the photograph is held by the Museum of Modern Art [Museum of Modern Art. [http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?object_id=53906 William Eggleston. (American, born 1939). Greenwood, Mississippi. 1973.] Retrieved September 6, 2008.] .

It has been described as Eggleston's "most famous photograph," with "some indefinable sense of menace" [O'Hagan, Sean. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2004/jul/25/photography1 Out of the ordinary.] "The Observer", July 25, 2004. Retrieved September 6, 2008.] . It is widely recognised as the album cover for the record "Radio City" by the Memphis band Big Star.

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