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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