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.
Fan Ho, Cleaning, unique silver print, 1950. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
James Welling, 001, C-print on metallic paper, 2006. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.