Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sotheby's New York - photographs, Friday October 9th

Another good reason to be in New York right now would be to attend Sotheby's upcoming photography sale. The sale features over 243 lots a selection of masterworks by some of the most important and innovative of 20th-Century photographers. Paul Outerbridge's Nude with Sculpture Head combines the photographer's technical rigor with his distinctive, frequently Surreal, aesthetic. Man Ray's Lee Miller and Friend links the Surreal with the sensual. In Eleanor, Harry Callahan creates a multi-layered double-exposure study of his wife and muse. Work by László Moholy-Nagy, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Pierre Dubreuil illustrates the range and diversity of the Modernist impulse in photography. Contemporary work includes images by Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Peter Beard, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Helmut Newton.

Highlights for me would be the Andre Kertesz photograph Chez Mondrian, Paris (24.1 x 18.1 cm signed and dated in pencil on reverse, estimate 5-7,000 USD) and the Hiroshi Sugimoto image, Ohio Theatre, Ohio (41.9 x 54.6 cm 19/25 signed in pencil on the mount, estimate 20 - 30,000 USD). You can view an electronic catalogue on line at

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