New York – Phillips de Pury & Company will launch its Spring Photographs various owners sale with a number of outstanding benchmark works across the photographic spectrum.
The classical side of the spectrum will be led by Irving Penn’s Woman with Roses on Her Arm, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, 1950, estimated at $200,000-300,000. The timelessly elegant image depicts Penn’s wife and muse posing regally and peering back at the camera with poise and flair. The rich texture of her draped dress and the lavish blossoming of the flowers crowning her arm are accentuated by the platinum palladium printing. Additional works by Penn include Kate Moss, Hand on Neck, New York, April 25, 1996, estimated at $50,000- 70,000; Pâtissiers, Paris, 1950, from Small Trades, estimated at $50,000-70,000; The Tarot Reader (Bridget Tichenor and Jean Patchett), New York, 1949, estimated at $40,000-60,000; Cuzco Children, Christmas, Peru, 1948, estimated at $40,000- 60,000; Woman in Balenciaga Coat (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Paris, 1950, estimated at $25,000-35,000; and Mud Glove, 1975, estimated at $25,000-35,000. Further bolstering the mid-century selections are Andy Warhol’s seven photobooth strips Holly Solomon, 1963-1964, estimated at $50,000-70,000, depicting the 1960s blonde bombshell and self-proclaimed Pop Princess in a wide array of facial expressions; Richard Avedon’s Andy Warhol and members of The Factory, New York, October 30, 1969, estimated at $30,000-50,000, which encompasses the subversive ambiguity that defined the quintessentially New- York click in the 1960s; two works from Robert Frank’s groundbreaking body of work The Americans: N.Y.C. Lower East-Side Puerto-Ricans, circa 1954, estimated at $30,000-50,000, and Rodeo-Detroit, 1955, estimated at $20,000-30,000; Diane Arbus’s Triplets in their bedroom, N.J., 1963, estimated at $30,000-50,000; and Constantin Brancusi’s Femme se regardant dans un miroir, 1909, estimated at $15,000-20,000.
Fashion photography will be well represented across the spectrum with a number of excellent works, including two iconic images by Horst P. Horst: Mainbocher Corset, 1939, a platinum palladium print, estimated at $25,000-35,000, and Round the Clock I, N.Y., 1987, estimated at $15,000-20,000; Melvin Sokolsky’s portfolio Paris, 1963, estimated at $25,000-35,000; Bert Stern’s The Marilyn Monroe Portfolio, 1962, estimated at $15,000-20,000; two works by Herb Ritts: Tatjana Veiled Head, Tight View, Joshua Tree, 1988, estimated at $15,000- 20,000 and Fred with Tires, Los Angeles, California from The Body Shop Series, 1984, estimated at $10,000-15,000.
At the helm of the contemporary side of the spectrum is Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Still # 49, 1979 estimated at $300,000-400,000. Standing at the forefront of contemporary photography, Sherman’s image, depicting a hostess standing by a home bar, is from the iconic oeuvre that catapulted her to international stardom. Another work by Sherman included in the sale is Untitled # 403, 2000, estimated at $50,000-70,000, which presents Sherman’s more contemporary approach to female archetypes. Additional exceptional contemporary works include Andreas Gursky’s Taipei, 1999, estimated at $120,000-180,000, which presents a powerfully focused image of an architectural interior that epitomizes the tenets of the Düsseldorf School of Photography; Gilbert & George’s Tonguers, 1992, estimated at $80,000-120,000, which portrays the renowned duo’s affinity for producing engaging, boundaries- pushing works; three works by Peter Beard: Reflections in Natural History, Moite Bay, Lake Rudolf, 1965, estimated at $25,000-35,000, Giraffes on the Taru Desert, Kenya, June, 1960, estimated at $25,000-35,000, and Maureen Gallagher and a Late Night Feeder, Hog Ranch, 1987, estimated at $20,000-30,000; Desiree Dolron’s Xteriors IX, 2004, estimated at $50,000-70,000; three works from Sally Mann’s Immediate Family series: Candy Cigarette, 1989, estimated at $40,000- 60,000, The New Mothers, 1989, estimated at $20,000-30,000, and The Last Time Emmett Modeled Nude, 1987, estimated at $20,000-30,000; Sophie Calle’s Autobiographical Stories, 1988, estimated at $30,000-50,000; Gregory Crewdson’s Untitled from Beneath the Roses, 2003, estimated at $40,000-60,000; and two exceptional works by Francesca Woodman: Untitled, Rome, 1977- 1978, and Untitled, Rome, 1977-1978, each estimated at $15,000-20,000, which reflect the precocious photographer’s mastery in self-presentation. Other artists whose works will be featured in the sale include David LaChapelle, Nick Brandt, Elger Esser, Herb Ritts, Rineke Dijkstra, Louise Lawler, Robert Polidori, Adam Fuss and Adi Nes.
The various owners sale will immediately follow the single-owner sale The Face of Modernism: A Private West Coast Collection, which will launch the Spring Photographs season.
Auction: 4 April 2012 10am & 2pm
Phillips de Pury & Company
450 Park Avenue, New York
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