Upcoming Highlights – Photographs: Art & Visual Culture

At Auction February 21

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This auction features Robert Frank’s Yom Kippur, East River, New York, 1955, printed 1971; Robert Mapplethorpe’s Roy Cohn, 1981; André Kertész’s signed vintage carte-postale portraits of Mrs. Edwin Rosskam, 1927, and a suite of eight photographic postcards from the Société Anonyme exhibition of 1920. Work by Edward S. Curtis includes the stunning orotone Before the Storm (Apache), 1906, as well as a striking group of 18 cyanotypes from 1910-14.

Tina Barney’s incredible The Hands from the 2002-04 series The Europeans headlines the contemporary offerings, which also includes Mary Ellen Mark’s Polaroid Heather and Kelsey Dietrick, Twinsburg, Ohio, 2002. Stunning examples of abstraction and modernism include Aaron Siskind’s oversized Jerome, Arizona (peeled paint), 1949, printed 1970s; Edward Weston’s vintage Taliesin West, Phoenix, Arizona, 1941, initialed and inscribed; and Paul Strand’s Shop, Le Bacares, Pyrénées, 1951; printed 1960s.

Numerous examples of visual culture complete the sale: a series of women wrestlers, an archive of mid-century Mobil oil gas stations in the Midwest and Western United States, an extensive NASA archive, a color typological album documenting cars available for use in MGM films, and a sign painter’s album with more than 200 Polaroids of custom work.


Fine Photographs


monochrome portrait of a woman cleaning window blinds

Fan Ho, Cleaning, unique silver print, 1950. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.


bright yellow and blue abstraction of flora

James Welling, 001, C-print on metallic paper, 2006. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.


Irving Penn, Ospedale, platinum-palladium print, 1980, printed 1981. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.





front and back of a postcard by Bragaglia

Anton Guilio Bragaglia, six photomechanical postcards with facsimile signatures, 1911-13, printed 1932. Estimate $30,000 to $45,000.


André Kertész, Mrs. Edwin Rosskam, two silver prints on carte-postale paper, 1927. Estimate $10,0000 to $15,000.



Société Anonyme, Inc, group of nine postcards, including eight real photo postcards, 1920-30. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.




Edward S. Curtis


copper portrait plate

Edward S. Curtis, Horse Capture, Atsina, unique copper plate for The North American Indian, 1908. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000.


three cyanotype prints of Native American peoples

Edward S. Curtis, suite of 18 cyanotypes, with images of the Kwakiutl, Cheyenne, Cowichan and Flathead, 1910-14. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.




Nineteenth Century


sepia bust portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe

John Whipple, Harriet Beecher Stowe, salt print from a calotype negative, 1853. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.


sepia portrait of a little girl reading on a couch

Lewis Carroll, Xie Kitchen, albumen print, circa 1874. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.





image of the colophon and a portrait from the portfolio

Ansel Adams, Taos Pueblo, limited first edition, signed, with 12 silver bromide prints, 1930. Estimate $30,000 to $45,000.




Visual Culture


sampling of images of outerspace

NASA archive with 351 photographs, silver & chromogenic prints, 1960-2002. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.


John F. Kennedy in his motorcade about two minutes before his assassination, chromogenic print, 1963, printed 1964. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.




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