Phillips de Pury & Company
9 April, 2011
Photography week in NY (see last few posts) grand finale -Highlights of today’s Phillips de Pury & Company sale includes works by: Cindy Sherman, Irving Penn, Florian Maier-Aichen, Robert Frank, Robert Mapplethrope, Peter Lindbergh, Edward Weston, Louis Faurer, Desiree Dolron & Horst P. Horst.
Classic photography is represented by a number of extraordinary photographs, including six works by Robert Frank. Five works by legendary photographer Irving Penn, truly capturing the breadth of his work, further embolden the classic selections in the sale. Additional examples of classic photography include Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Helen Levitt, Josef Sudek, Berenice Abbott, Harry Callahan, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and several prints by legendary exceptional French photographer Willy Ronis, whose images captured the charm and magic joie de vivre of post-war France.
Fashion photography is illustrated by classic and contemporary examples, including Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Albert Watson, and Horst P. Horst -whose Mainbocher Corset, Paris, August 11, 1939 is a personal all-time favorite of mine- and three works by Richard Avedon: Sunny Harnett, model. Dress by Grés. Casino, Le Touquet, Paris, August, 1954, Homage to Munkacsi, Carmen, model. Coat by Cardin. Place François 1er, Paris, August, 1957, and Marlene Dietrich, Turban by Dior, The Ritz, Paris, August, 1955. Additional examples of fashion photography include works by Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, Louis Faurer, Lillian Bassman, William Klein and Sante d’Orazio.
Contemporary Photography brilliantly showcased with a strong number of works, including David LaChapelle’s Statue, Los Angeles, 2007; Elger Esser’s Doubt, Frankreich, 1999; Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Casa Batlló, Antoní Gaudí, 1998, ; two works by Desiree Dolron: Xteriors VI, 2003; and Xteriors XI, 2001-2002; and Sam Taylor-Wood’s Soliloquy VIII, 2000. Other outstanding examples of contemporary photography include David Hockney’s Walking in the Zen Garden at the Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto, Feb. 21st, 1983; Barry Frydlender’s Friday, 2002; and Marilyn Minter’s Cyclone, 2006. Additional contemporary photographers whose works demonstrate the versatility and appeal of the genre, include Richard Prince, Ahmet Ertuğ, Vik Muniz, Massimo Vitali, Adam Fuss, Edward Burtynsky, Adi Nes, Gabriel Orozco, Robert Polidori, Nobuyoshi Araki, Vee Speers, and Pieter Hugo.
These are but only a select few of the standouts for me:
Richard Avedon, Bob Dylan, Singer, 132nd Street and FDR Drive, Harlem, 1963, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of Phillips de Pury & Company 2011
Richard Avedon, Homage to Munkacsi, Carmen, model. Coat by Cardin. Place François1er, Paris, August, 1957, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of Phillips de Pury & Company 2011
Horst P. Horst, Mainbocher Corset, Paris, August 11, 1939, platinum palladium print, Courtesy of Phillips de Pury & Company 2011
Louis Faurer, Bowing for the Vogue Collection, Paris, gelatin silver print, 1972, Courtesy of Phillips de Pury & Company 2011
Willy Ronis, Le petit Parisien, gelatin silver print, 1952, Courtesy of Phillips de Pury & Company 2011