Outstanding American photographers headline the auction: Edward Steichen’s White Lotus, dye transfer print, 1939, printed 1940, showcases a master working in striking color, while Margaret Bourke-White’s The George Washington Bridge, 1933, highlights her rigorous sense of form and scale. The latter descends from the estate of Bourke-White’s onetime assistant Robert Kiehl, whose father founded Kiehl’s Pharmacy.
Pictured: Margaret Bourke-White, The George Washington Bridge, warm-toned silver print, from the artist to Robert Edward Kiehl, 1933. $50,000 to $75,000.
Edward Steichen’s Early Color Work
The auction’s American story continues with a graphic abstraction, Chicago, by Harry Callahan, circa 1948, as well as numerous examples of FSA photography, including works by Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange (illustrated below).
Other highlights include a vintage signed example of Berenice Abbott’s iconic 1928 portrait of James Joyce; Richard Avedon’s portrait of Charlie Chaplin, 1972, printed 1975; Imogen Cunningham’s breathtaking Magnolia Blossom, 1925, printed circa 1970; and vintage works by Edward S. Curtis, Lewis W. Hine, and Brett and Edward Weston. Contemporary American masterpieces include cutting-edge artworks by Chris McCaw and Nan Goldin.
Pictured: Berenice Abbott, James Joyce, silver print, 1928. $5,000 to $7,500.
Farm Security Administration
American Cultural History
Novel, Humorous & Unusual
Exhibition Begins February 20
The exhibition is free to attend and open to the public. We welcome special and educational groups with advance notice—send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.