In 1969, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline were immortalized when Burk Uzzle captured this image of them, wrapped in a tattered quilt, amidst the weary crowds at the Woodstock Music Festival. This iconic image was later used for the cover of the Woodstock
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Burk Uzzle
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1969

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In 1969, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline were immortalized when Burk Uzzle captured this image of them, wrapped in a tattered quilt, amidst the weary crowds at the Woodstock Music Festival. This iconic image was later used for the cover of the Woodstock album, and for the Woodstock movie poster. At the time, Uzzle had just ended his career at Life Magazine, and was working for Magnum. He was asked by Newsweek to cover the festival, but he declined, preferring to photograph the event with his own vision. His focus was not on the musicians, but on the crowds themselves, and the social structure that evolved there over the course of the weekend. The result was a body of work that is still widely exhibited around the world. Burk Uzzle was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1938. His career received its first major impetus in 1962, when Life magazine hired him as the youngest-ever photographer to work for them. For many years, Uzzle continued to produce work for Life as well as other publications worldwide. Some of his most notable work during this time included coverage of the Martin Luther King funeral in 1968 (Newsweek used one of his images as their cover photo that week), as well as his Woodstock work. But his photographic work went beyond photojournalism. His first book, in 1971, featured his American landscape work. Later in the 70s, he began experimenting with still-life photography. In 1984, another monograph, All American, was published. Museum shows followed, including solo shows at the Chicago Art Institute in 1971, the Philadelphia Museum in 1984, and the Chrysler Museum in 1992. In 2016, Uzzle’s work was featured in triple-venue exhibitions in his home state of North Carolina – at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; at the Ackland Museum of Art, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC; and at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, NC. Burk Uzzle’s work is included in the holdings of many prominent museum and private collections, including the Library of Congress; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris; and in the private Margulies collection in Miami and Bidwell Projects in Ohio. This is #3 from an edition of 10, signed on verso.

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  • Artist
    Burk Uzzle (1938, American)
  • Creation Year
    1969
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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    This work is overmatted and framed, in a charcoal grey frame.
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  • Dimensions
    H 24.5 in. x W 31.5 in.H 62.23 cm x W 80.01 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU3022789382
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