FINE PHOTOGRAPHS & PHOTOBOOKS
Thu 18 Apr 13:30
Swann Auction Galleries, Inc
104 East 25th Street
NY 10010 New York
EARLY TRAVEL ALBUMS AND CASED IMAGES, VINTAGE PRINTS BY MODERNIST MASTERS, CHALLENGING CONTEMPORARY ART FEATURED IN SWANN GALLERIES’ FINE PHOTOGRAPHS & PHOTOBOOKS AUCTION ON APRIL 18
Swann Galleries’ auction of Fine Photographs & Photobooks on Thursday April 18 offers an outstanding selection of images from photography’s earliest days up to the work of artists employing the medium in the 21st century.
Among the earliest photographs in the sale is a circa 1850 hand-tinted oversized daguerreotype by Southworth and Hawes of a blue-eyed woman in an elegant lace-trimmed dress that descended through the Hawes family (estimate: $30,000 to $45,000). Other vintage offerings include a collection of 179 1860s-90s American tintypes containing images of everything from occupational portraits of tradesmen to outdoor scenes to humorous vacation shots ($20,000 to $30,000).
There are also early views of the Holy Land by Francis Frith, Felix Bonfils and others, panoramas of China by Felice Beato, and albums filled with views of China, Japan and other Asian countries, many of which are from the Estate of Fong Chow, noted ceramicist and curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
From the early 20th century are social documentary images by Lewis W. Hine of laborers, most of which are children; snow crystal studies by Wilson A. Bentley; and luminous views of Native Americans by Edward S. Curtis.
A vintage print of Imogen Cunningham’s Magnolia Blossom, Tower of Jewels, 1925, serves as a glowing representation of her work with flowers and her artistry as a printmaker ($25,000 to $35,000); while a Paul Outerbridge still life with suitcases and an umbrella, circa 1924, is a study in contrasts ($8,000 to $12,000); and Edward Weston’s Charis (nude), 1935, is considerably avant-garde for the artist ($35,000 to $45,000).
Striking modernity examples include Paul Strand’s White Horse, Rancho de Taos, New Mexico, silver print, with an inscription, 1932, printed later ($20,000 to $30,000); André Kertész’s Distortion No. 166, Paris, silver print, 1933, printed late 1950s ($10,000 to $15,000); and Minor White’s Windowsill Daydreaming, Rochester, N.Y., silver print, 1958, printed 1970s ($10,000 to $15,000).
Photojournalistic images of note are Alfred Eisenstaedt’s eternal V-J Day Kiss, Times Square, New York City, 1945, printed 1980s ($15,000 to $25,000); W. Eugene Smith’s well known World War II image of a U.S. soldier holding an ill baby, Saipan, with extensive hand written notations on the back and stamps from Time Life, 1945 ($9,000 to $12,000); and a group of 260 photographs from the Vietnam War, with printed captions attached, late 1960s-early 1970s ($1,500 to $2,500).
Famous faces are seen in Garry Winogrand’s Marilyn Monroe, on the set of “The Seven Year Itch,” silver print, 1955 ($3,000 to $4,500); Flip Schulke’s Muhammad Ali, Miami, silver print, 1961, printed 1990s ($3,000 to $4,500); Annie Leibovitz’s Demi Moore, Los Angeles, cibachrome print, 1992 $4,000 to $6,000); and Andy Warhol’s photobooth self portraits (two) of himself in a tuxedo, early 1960s ($12,000 to $18,000).
The auction offers ten lots from the Polaroid Collection. These include several Ansel Adams photographs such as Stump and Ferns, Redwoods, Bull Creek Flat, California, silver print, 1964, printed before 1970 ($9,000 to $12,000) and a pair of circa 1962 photos of industrial landscapes, one a silver print, the other from a Polaroid Type 55 negative ($8,000 to $12,000); as well as two unique self portraits by Jim Dine, large-format Polaroid prints, 1979 ($7,000 to $10,000 for the pair); and images by Walter Chappell and Danny Lyon.
Among a selection of works by Diane Arbus is a print of Waitress, Nudist Camp, N.J., 1963, printed before 1967, with an inscription on the back that mentions the artist’s 1967 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, and also with the original hand-addressed mailing envelope ($15,000 to $25,000).
Striking works by contemporary artists include Mike and Doug Starn’s Double Rembrandt with Steps, collage with multiple toned silver prints, kodalith, plywood, nails, Plexiglas and wood moulding, 1987-91 ($4,000 to $6,000); Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Time Exposed, portfolio with 50 plates, one of 500 copies, 1991 ($7,00 to $10,000); Adam Fuss’s Untitled, oversized daguerreotype of a skull, 2002 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Hellen van Meene’s Untitled #201, Tokyo, Japan, chromogenic print, 2005 ($2,500 to $3,500).
The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.
The photographs and books will be on public exhibition at Swann Galleries on Saturday, April 13, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 15 to Wednesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.
An illustrated catalogue with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com..
For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Daile Kaplan at (212) 254-4710, extension 21, or via e-mail at email@example.com.. Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.