Stephen Shore at Sprüth Magers Germany

Highlights from Shore's first solo show in Berlin for 15 years
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Stephen Shore, JGun & Locksmith, 3rd Ave., Ashland, WI, July 10, 1973, (1973-2007)

1 / 21 Stephen Shore, JGun & Locksmith, 3rd Ave., Ashland, WI, July 10, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Bedroom 208, Holiday Inn, Gaylord, Michigan, July 7, 1973, (1973-2007)

2 / 21 Stephen Shore, Bedroom 208, Holiday Inn, Gaylord, Michigan, July 7, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Bedroom 208, Abandoned Cabins, Gaylord, Michigan, July 8, 1973, (1973-2007)

3 / 21 Stephen Shore, Bedroom 208, Abandoned Cabins, Gaylord, Michigan, July 8, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Johnson's Flower Shop, 2nd St, Ashland, WI, July 9, 1973, (1973-2007)

4 / 21 Stephen Shore, Johnson's Flower Shop, 2nd St, Ashland, WI, July 9, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Ashlan, Wisconsin, Jig-saw Puzzle In Cabin #8, Beach Motel, July 9, 1973, (1973-2006)

5 / 21 Stephen Shore, Ashlan, Wisconsin, Jig-saw Puzzle In Cabin #8, Beach Motel, July 9, 1973, (1973-2006)

Stephen Shore, Cheryl & Sandy, Cedar St, Manistique, Michigan, July 9, 1973, (1973-2007)

6 / 21 Stephen Shore, Cheryl & Sandy, Cedar St, Manistique, Michigan, July 9, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Cabin 8 Beach Motel, Ashland, WI, July 10, 1973, (1973-2007)

7 / 21 Stephen Shore, Cabin 8 Beach Motel, Ashland, WI, July 10, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Room 110, Holiday Inn, Brainerd, MN, July 11, 1973, (1973-2007)

8 / 21 Stephen Shore, Room 110, Holiday Inn, Brainerd, MN, July 11, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Hamburger steak dinner, Redfield, SD, July 13, 1973, (1973-2007)

9 / 21 Stephen Shore, Hamburger steak dinner, Redfield, SD, July 13, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Stairway, Old Faithful Inn, WY, July 17, 1973, (1973-2007)

10 / 21 Stephen Shore, Stairway, Old Faithful Inn, WY, July 17, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Stampeder Motel, Ontario, Oregon, July 19, 1973 (1973-2007)

11 / 21 Stephen Shore, Stampeder Motel, Ontario, Oregon, July 19, 1973 (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Dunes Motel, US-97, Bend, Oregon, July 20, 1973, (1973-2007)

12 / 21 Stephen Shore, Dunes Motel, US-97, Bend, Oregon, July 20, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Bible, Room 236, Thunderbird Motel, Bend, OR, July 20, 1973, (1973-2007)

13 / 21 Stephen Shore, Bible, Room 236, Thunderbird Motel, Bend, OR, July 20, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ, August 10, 1973, (1973)

14 / 21 Stephen Shore, Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ, August 10, 1973, (1973)

Stephen Shore, Dewdney Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, August 17, 1974, (1974)

15 / 21 Stephen Shore, Dewdney Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, August 17, 1974, (1974)

Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

16 / 21 Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

17 / 21 Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

18 / 21 Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

19 / 21 Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

20 / 21 Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

21 / 21 Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

Stephen Shore, JGun & Locksmith, 3rd Ave., Ashland, WI, July 10, 1973, (1973-2007)

1 / 21 Stephen Shore, JGun & Locksmith, 3rd Ave., Ashland, WI, July 10, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Bedroom 208, Holiday Inn, Gaylord, Michigan, July 7, 1973, (1973-2007)

2 / 21 Stephen Shore, Bedroom 208, Holiday Inn, Gaylord, Michigan, July 7, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Bedroom 208, Abandoned Cabins, Gaylord, Michigan, July 8, 1973, (1973-2007)

3 / 21 Stephen Shore, Bedroom 208, Abandoned Cabins, Gaylord, Michigan, July 8, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Johnson's Flower Shop, 2nd St, Ashland, WI, July 9, 1973, (1973-2007)

4 / 21 Stephen Shore, Johnson's Flower Shop, 2nd St, Ashland, WI, July 9, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Ashlan, Wisconsin, Jig-saw Puzzle In Cabin #8, Beach Motel, July 9, 1973, (1973-2006)

5 / 21 Stephen Shore, Ashlan, Wisconsin, Jig-saw Puzzle In Cabin #8, Beach Motel, July 9, 1973, (1973-2006)

Stephen Shore, Cheryl & Sandy, Cedar St, Manistique, Michigan, July 9, 1973, (1973-2007)

6 / 21 Stephen Shore, Cheryl & Sandy, Cedar St, Manistique, Michigan, July 9, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Cabin 8 Beach Motel, Ashland, WI, July 10, 1973, (1973-2007)

7 / 21 Stephen Shore, Cabin 8 Beach Motel, Ashland, WI, July 10, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Room 110, Holiday Inn, Brainerd, MN, July 11, 1973, (1973-2007)

8 / 21 Stephen Shore, Room 110, Holiday Inn, Brainerd, MN, July 11, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Hamburger steak dinner, Redfield, SD, July 13, 1973, (1973-2007)

9 / 21 Stephen Shore, Hamburger steak dinner, Redfield, SD, July 13, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Stairway, Old Faithful Inn, WY, July 17, 1973, (1973-2007)

10 / 21 Stephen Shore, Stairway, Old Faithful Inn, WY, July 17, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Stampeder Motel, Ontario, Oregon, July 19, 1973 (1973-2007)

11 / 21 Stephen Shore, Stampeder Motel, Ontario, Oregon, July 19, 1973 (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Dunes Motel, US-97, Bend, Oregon, July 20, 1973, (1973-2007)

12 / 21 Stephen Shore, Dunes Motel, US-97, Bend, Oregon, July 20, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Bible, Room 236, Thunderbird Motel, Bend, OR, July 20, 1973, (1973-2007)

13 / 21 Stephen Shore, Bible, Room 236, Thunderbird Motel, Bend, OR, July 20, 1973, (1973-2007)

Stephen Shore, Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ, August 10, 1973, (1973)

14 / 21 Stephen Shore, Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ, August 10, 1973, (1973)

Stephen Shore, Dewdney Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, August 17, 1974, (1974)

15 / 21 Stephen Shore, Dewdney Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, August 17, 1974, (1974)

Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

16 / 21 Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

17 / 21 Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

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Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

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Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

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Stephen Shore, Road Trip Journal (1973)

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The series of photographs that would become Uncommon Places was taken by Shore during his second expedition across America, which followed in the wake of the major road trip in 1972 that is detailed in American Surfaces.

Whereas American Surfaces focusses on the fleeting; snapshots of people, places and objects, the images in Uncommon Places are deliberately more considered in format, homing in in detail on the minutiae of modern life in America, from generic motel rooms to monotonous gas stations.

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places, currently on show at Sprüth Magers' in Berlin, showcases 80 previously unseen works from this second series. Brought together for Shore's first solo show in the city in 15 years, and displayed alongside a number of pages from his seminal Road Trip Journal (kept as an impassive record of day to day life during the expedition), the exhibition offers the viewer a unique chance to gain a deeper sense of the artist's movements, and the specific place he has defined.


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