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Title
Untitled (I Had Never Seen Anything Like It)
Artist
Larry Johnson
Date
1988
Dimensions
framed 45.75 × 90.75 inches
Materials
color coupler print
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Photographs (Photographs)
Accession Number
1996.175
Edition
A.P. 1 from an edition of 3
Inscriptions
not signed on front; not inscribed on front
Physical Description
Orange background with text printed in red and shades of light blue. Text reads: “On one occassion when I was walking Sunset Boulevard, an absolutely beautiful muted green car pulled up beside me. I had never seen anything like it before, but I learned it was a Jaguar XKE, and I recognized the young man who was driving it. For purposes of our story, we will call him Quint Vantage, since he is a well-known and highly successful actor whose success is largely dependent upon his air of machismo. "How far you going?” He called out. I took one look at him and answered, “All the way.”
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1996

object label Larry Johnson, Untitled (I Had Never Seen Anything Like It) (1988) Walker Art Center, 1998

“Perhaps the best thing would be for people to examine their own reasons for liking the same stories I do. Maybe that’s enough.”–Larry Johnson

In his work, Los Angeles-based artist Larry Johnson references various media and autobiographical experiences such as advertisements, conversations, and magazine texts. In much the same way as a movie clip, the “scene” authored by the artist in Untitled (I Had Never Seen Anything Like It) is dependent on creating a context of time and space that suggests a larger fiction. Through his use of photography, text, and a modernist color palette, Johnson at once affirms and complicates the nonlinear dynamics of language, his own love of images, and the pervasive influence of Hollywood on the imagination.

Label text for Larry Johnson, Untitled (I Had Never Seen Anything Like It) (1988), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center