Image: 44 1/4 in. × 59 in. (112.4 × 149.9 cm)
Framed: 52 in. × 66 3/4 in. × 2 1/2 in. (132.1 × 169.5 × 6.4 cm)
Purchase, Vital Projects Fund Inc. Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel and Hideyuki Osawa Gift, 2015
Not on view
Graham’s series, Does Yellow Run Forever?, juxtaposes three groups of photographs: rainbows arcing over the Irish countryside, the facades of pawn-and-jewelry shops in New York, and tender studies of his partner asleep. The thematic links between the images (the rainbow’s mythical pot of gold, the sparkling objects in the Harlem window display, and a sleeping dreamer) may seem obvious, even pat, but Graham’s photographs transmute those clichés into a constellation of deep feeling. These luminous vignettes evoke a sense of longing and pathos, the quest for something permanent amid the illusory and devalued.
Paul Graham, [Pace/MacGill Gallery]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dream States: Contemporary Photographs and Video," May 16, 2016–October 30, 2016.
Graham, Paul. Does Yellow Run Forever?. 1st ed. London: MACK, 2014. np.