BERLIN- Villa Grisebach
s spring auctions in Berlin begins, May 26, 2011, with the 190-lot auction of modern and contemporary photography.
Two photo albums from a Swiss private collection are auctioned that include, among other photographs, rare images of Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer and his family, taken by Kurt Bryner. Contact prints and portraits (signed by Schlemmer and others appearing in the photos) show the artist, his wife Tut and his children Jaina, Karin, and Tilman during their 19371940 stay in Badenweiler in Southern Germany (25,000/30,000).
The famous Mainbocher Corset by Horst P. Horst (10,000/15,000) counts among the masterworks of the history of photography, as well as George Hoyningen-Huenes classical Divers, Paris (a print originally from the collection of Horst P. Horst) (8,000/12,000), Berenice Abbotts New York at Night (7,000/9,000), André Kertészs Melancholic Tulip (4,000/6,000), Andreas Feiningers Empire State Building seen from New Jersey (3,000/4,000) or Leni Riefenstahls Glenn Morris (Diskuswerfer) (3,000/5,000). Especially rare are vintage prints by Helmar Lerski from two private collections, one is an extremely rare Selbstportrait (4,000/6,000), a Junger Bettler from the series Köpfe des Alltags (3,000 /5,000) as well as partly hand-coloured works from Lerskis early years in the U.S.A. More highlights of modern photography are René Burris Ché Guevara in an unusual large format (15,000/18,000), Erwin Blumenfelds Selbstportrait mit Maske (9,000/11,000), Arnold Newmans portrait Jackson Pollock, Springs, Long Island (4,000/6,000) as well as works by David Bailey, Aenne Biermann, Mario Giacomelli, Germaine Krull, Michael Ruetz, Else Thalemann, Herbert Tobias and others.
The contemporary section of the sale begins with Bernd and Hilla Bechers nine-part work Fördertürme, Schuylkill County, PA, USA (20,000/30,000). Other top lots in this section include Valie Exports Konfiguration mit schwarzer Hand (8,000/12,000), Peter Lindberghs Kristen Mc.Menamy from the 1996 Pirelli calendar (12,000/14,000), Sarah Moons color pigment print Jean-Paul Gaultier (Indépendant) (5,000/7,000) and Hiroshi Sugimotos Tri City Drive-In, San Bernardino (20,000/30,000) as well as works by Helmut Newton, Martin Parr, Bettina Rheims, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Miroslav Tichy, Wolfgang Tillmans, and others.