Fall 2019: Classic & Contemporary Photographs

 

At Auction October 17

Upcoming Highlights

 
black and white stonehenge image by richard misrach
Richard Misrach, Stonehenge #1, split-toned silver print, 1976. $12,000 to $18,000.
 

Portraiture, today’s ubiquitous social currency, forms the foundation of this sale with Irving Penn’s platinum-palladium print Cuzco Children, 1960, printed 1978, and Reclining Woman by Seydou Keïta, 1958, printed 2001, exploring the universal appeal of the formal portrait. Pieter Hugo’s Abudulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010 and Roy DeCarava’s Man with Bent Head and Folded Arms, 1961, printed early 1970s, as well as humanist portraits by Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Dorothea Lange are among the rare and exciting photographs to come to market.

 

Landscapes will feature Richard Misrach’s Stonehenge #1, 1976, Joel Sternfeld’s McLean, Virginia, 1978, printed 1984, and Ansel Adams’s Aspen, Northern New Mexico, 1958, printed 1978. Contemporary photographers include cult figures Jimmy DeSana, Nick Brandt, and Vik Muniz, as well as Chris McCaw’s stunning Sunburn series; Nan Goldin’s Clemens in My Bed with Saris, Paris, 2000; Andres Serrano’s White Christ, 1989; and a 1987 photogram by Adam Fuss. A headliner among the rare photobook offerings is a 1950s–1972 Edward Ruscha archive featuring a signed first edition of his Twentysix Gasoline Stations—as well as other signed artist’s books, a signed lithograph Have a Soup Souper Season, ephemeral material, and a Polaroid. Collections and albums round out the auction in a dynamic vernacular selection with pre-revolution Cuba, Yosemite National Park, the Greyhound bus company, crime, advertising, South America, and space exploration.

 

Complete Catalogue Coming Soon

 
   

Portraits

 
portrait of two small children by irving penn
Irving Penn, Cuzco Children, platinum-palladium print, 1960, prints 1978. $80,000 to $120,000.
 
Seydou Keïta, Reclining Woman,
Seydou Keïta, Reclining Woman, silver print, 1958, printed 2001. $9,000 to $12,000.
 
Pieter Hugo, Abudulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Ghana
Pieter Hugo, Abudulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Ghana, chromogenic print, 2010. $8,000 to $12,000.
 
Irving Penn, American Ballet Theatre, platinum-palladium print
Irving Penn, American Ballet Theatre, platinum-palladium print, 1948, printed 1968. $15,000 to $25,000.
 
   

Contemporary Photographers

 
Joel Sternfeld, McLean, Virginia, December 4, 1978,
Joel Sternfeld, McLean, Virginia, December 4, 1978, dye transfer print, 1978, printed 1984. $12,000 to $18,000.
 
Vik Muniz, Shoes, selenium-toned silver print,
Vik Muniz, Shoes, selenium-toned silver print, 1994. $4,000 to $6,000.
 
John Divola, Five Prints, complete portfolio, dye transfer prints,
John Divola, Five Prints, complete portfolio, dye transfer prints, 1983-86, printed 1987. $8,000 to $12,000.
 
Walead Beshty, X-Ray Amethyst
Walead Beshty, X-Ray Amethyst (photographic transparency, LAX/JFK/JFK/LAX, 240 0.7rp 6.0 6.9 #BB6c8A) [Alternate names: Crocus, Cuban Orchid, Eupatorium Purple, First Lady, Laelia Pink, Lilacinus, Livido-Purpureus, Wild Orchid], color photographic print, 2008. $4,000 to $6,000.
 
Andres Serrano, White Christ, cibachrome print, 1989.
Andres Serrano, White Christ, cibachrome print, 1989. $15,000 to $25,000.
 
   

Classic Photographers

 
Brassaï, Place de la Concorde, ferrotyped silver print, circa 1932,
Brassaï, Place de la Concorde, ferrotyped silver print, circa 1932, printed circa 1950. $15,000 to $25,000.
 
Julius Schulman, Los Angeles, Pierre Koening, Case Study House #22,
Julius Schulman, Los Angeles, Pierre Koening, Case Study House #22, chromogenic print, 1960, printed 1990s. $2,000 to $3,000.
 
Man Ray, Les Ponts Brulé [Burned Bridges],
Man Ray, Les Ponts Brulé [Burned Bridges], silver print, 1935. $10,000 to $15,000.
 
Diane Arbus, Wax Museum Strangler, Coney Island, N.Y.,
Diane Arbus, Wax Museum Strangler, Coney Island, N.Y., silver print, 1960. $6,000 to $9,000.
 
   

Nineteenth Century

 
Eadweard Muybridge, Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill (cropped detail),
Eadweard Muybridge, Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill (cropped detail), 11 joined albumen prints, 1877. $10,000 to $15,000.
 
   

Exhibition Open October 12–17

The exhibition is free to attend and open to the public. We welcome special and educational groups with advance notice–send an inquiry to rsvp@swanngalleries.com.

 

Exhibition Hours

Saturday, October 12 — 12 pm to 5 pm

Monday, October 14 — 10 am to 6 pm

Tuesday, October 15 — 10 am to 6 pm

Wednesday, October 16 — 10 am to 6 pm

Thursday, October 17 — 10 am to 12 pm

 

 
 

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