NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips de Pury & Company
announced the highlights of the forthcoming New York Photographs sale on Friday, October 8, 2010. Securing its position as a leader in the Photographs market, the Photographs sale features a strong balance of the best in classic and contemporary photography.
Vanessa Kramer, Director of Photographs, New York Our Fall Photographs sale is not only a testament to the resilience of the photography market, but Phillips de Pury & Companys strong dedication to offering the best works by the leading photographers. The upcoming sale features numerous iconic images, and we are extremely excited to be offering more highly valued lots than in recent seasons.
Highlights of the New York Photographs sale include: Robert Franks Trolley- New Orleans, 1955, estimated at $100,000-150,000, undoubtedly one of the pillars of classic American photography; Richard Avedons Brigitte Bardot, Hair by Alexandre, Paris Studio, 1959, among his most celebrated and rare portraits, estimated at $100,000-150,000; and Irving Penns Pablo Picasso at la Californie, Cannes, 1957, estimated at $80,000-120,000, which beautifully embodies the majestic essence of the famed Spanish artist and the timeless elegance of the renowned American photographer. Other highlights include: Diane Arbuss Triplets in Their Bedroom, N.J., 1963, estimated at $40,000-60,000; Edward Steichens Foxgloves, France,1926, estimated at $40,000-60,000; Dorothea Langes The General Strike, Policeman, San Francisco, 1934, estimated at $35,000-45,000; Thomas Struths Paradise 23, Sao Francisco de Xavier, Brasil, 2001, estimated at $60,000-80,000; and Christian Boltanskis La Fête de Purim, 1991, estimated at $60,000-80,000.
Classic photography will be fantastically illustrated by a number of images complementing the aforementioned selections, including Robert Mapplethorpes Calla Lily, 1986, estimated at $60,000-80,000; two of Ansel Adamss most renowned portfolios: Portfolio One: Twelve Photographic Prints, 1948, estimated at $60,000-80,000, as well as Portfolio Three: Yosemite Valley, 1960, estimated at $40,000-60,000; Irving Penns Chef, New York, 1951, estimated at $30,000-40,000; and Garry Winogrands early print of World's Fair, New York City, 1964, estimated at $20,000-30,000.
Buttressing the strength of the classic selections will be two single-artist private
collections. The first, a body of 26 works by Ruth Bernhard, exemplifies, among other things, the iconic photographers poetic renditions of the female form in works such as In the Box (Horizontal), 1962, estimated at $18,000-22,000, and Classic Torso with Hands, 1952, estimated at $8,000-12,000. The second private collection is comprised of 16 works by Harry Callahan, delicately portraying the legendary photographers effusive inspiration by his wife and muse, Eleanor, as shown in Eleanor, Detroit, 1942, and Eleanor, Chicago, 1954, each estimated at $15,000-20,000. The two private collections neatly reveal a continuous biographical narrative within each artists work, commanding additional understanding and appreciation.
Selections from the Property of the Larry N. Deutsch Collection, Chicago/Tuscon, will further enhance the classic portion of the sale. Highlights from the collection include André Kertészs Distortion #6, Paris, 1932-1933, estimated at $30,000-40,000; Alfred Stieglitzs Equivalent, 1926, estimated at $20,000-30,000; Irving Penns Duchess of Windsor, New York, May 27, 1948, estimated at $15,000-20,000; and Ilse Bings The Dancer, Willem van Loon, Paris, 1932, estimated at $12,000-18,000. Collectively, Mr. Deutschs collection delineates some of the greatest achievements in classic photography.
Fashion photography will be beautifully represented by Property from the Paul Tomlinson Collection, Dallas, with selections including: Irving Penns Gaultiers Eye Earrings, New York, 1998, estimated at $20,000-30,000; Herb Rittss Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990, estimated at $15,000-25,000; Horst P. Horsts Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939, estimated at $10,000-15,000; and Albert Watsons Christy Turlington, New York City, 1990, estimated at $6,000-8,000. The collection will be reinforced by additional works in the sale showcasing the effervescent magic of the genre, including: Richard Avedons Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, 14 June, 1981, estimated at $40,000-60,000 and Marilyn Minters Swarv, 2005, estimated at $25,000-35,000.
Proudly offered for the first time in a Photographs sale at Phillips de Pury & Company are Barry Frydlender, with Smoking, Sinai, 2004, estimated at $30,000-40,000; Shinichi Maruyama, with Kusho #1, 2007, estimated at $15,000-25,000; Andrew Levitas, with Cappella Dei Morti, 2010, estimated at $10,000-15,000; and Yao Lu, with New Landscape Part 2-YL01 Early Spring on Lake Dong Ting, 2008, estimated at $10,000-15,000. This is in continuance with Phillips de Pury & Companys tradition of introducing photographers with a very strong following on the primary market.
Contemporary photographs will be represented in a great array that includes some of the best photographers in the field, including: Lorna Simpsons Cloud, 2005, estimated at $35,000-45,000; John Baldessaris Lifes Balance (With Brushes), 1996, estimated at $30,000-50,000; Philip-Lorca DiCorcias Mario, 1978, estimated at $25,000-35,000; David LaChapelles Alicia Keys, Burning Piano, NY, 2003, estimated at $20,000-30,000; and Robert Polidoris Cadre Vide, Château de Versailles, 1985, estimated at $15,000-25,000. Other contemporary photographers included in the sale are Peter Beard, Ahmet Ertug, Massimo Vitali, Vik Muniz, Frank Thiel, Edward Burtynsky, Erwin Olaf, Lynn Davis, Sally Mann, Andrew Moore, Daido Moriyama, Idris Khan, and Gavin Bond.