Phillips’ Auction of Iconic Photographs and 20th Century Masters

A Bar at the Folies Bergère, after Edouard Manet, from Pictures of Magazines 2, 2012 Estimate: $50,000-70,000

The Phillips Photographic auction, occurring on the 4th of April at 450 Park Avenue, New York, will be exhibiting and selling a multitude of prints from different genres across the 20th Century. A viewing of the auction will be held from the 27th of March to the 3rd of April.

The auction will be led by a rare, exhibition-sized printing of the 1981, Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed Naked) by Helmut Newton and a distinctive large-scale print by Peter Beard, pictured below.

Image Courtesy of Phillips. Peter Beard’s Tsavo East, 1960. Estimate: $150,000-250,000

Speaking of the auction’s line up, Sarah Krueger, Head of Photographs in New York, said, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to offer such a remarkable selection of property in our April sale with exceptional prints that span a variety of genres of the 20th century, including Helmut Newton’s Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed and Naked) and Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California. This season, Phillips is also proud to have had the privilege of working with a truly extraordinary group of private collectors, including the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw, a Private West Coast Collection, and, of course, Susie Tompkins Buell, whose collection will be on offer as an evening session.”

Hemet Newton

Helmet Newton’s, Sie Kommen (Dressed and Naked) is a monumental, four panelled work comprising of four women on the march, and whose title translates to ‘They Are Coming’ in English.

Newton’s panelled collection was originally published as a two-page spread in the French Vogue in 1981 and received high acclaim for being one of the most iconic images launched by the photographer. The women who formed the iconic spread, are empowered both ‘dressed’ in their high-end fashion wear and in their nudity. Moreover, the juxtaposition and reveal of these two states, ‘dressed’ and ‘nude’, the former kept covert by society, alongside the exhibition-sized printing, imbues the female models with an immense authority that its spectators cannot transcend.

Image Courtesy of Phillips. Helmut Newton’s Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed and Naked), 1981. Estimate: $600,000-800,000

William Eggleston and Dorothea Lange

Morals of Vision by William Eggleston is another highlight of the exhibition which has amassed legendary status amongst Eggleston’s art oeuvre. Illustrated using eight chromogenic prints and put forward as an edition of 15, Morals of Vision is accentuated by its artist-book presentation.

Image Courtesy of Phillips. William Eggleston’s Morals of Vision, 1978. Estimate: $65,000-75,000. 1 of 8 prints illustrated

A masterfully produced print of Dorothea Lange’s iconic Migrant Mother, Nipoma, California will also be presented at the auction. Lange’s work captured the height of the Great Depression’s profound impact via her subject, Florence Owens Thompson, a destitute peapicker in California, 32 year old mother of seven children.

Image Courtesy of Phillips. Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936.     Estimate: $80,000-100,000

Florence Owens became a revered symbol of the Great Depression and was catalytic in influencing John Steinbeck to write his realist novel, The Grapes of Wrath, exploring the livelihood of agricultural families during the Great Depression.

Image Courtesy of Flickr. Untitled, 1936 of Florence Owen by Dorothea Lange.

Other classics to be presented at the auctions consist of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s highly sought-after grids of Water Towers, Robert Frank’s Political Rally, Chicago and Garry Winogrand’s renowned portfolio of 85 prints, Women are Beautiful. In addition to Irving Penn’s beautifully crafted platinum print of Cottage Tulip: Sorbet, New York, 1967, estimated at $50,000-70,000 and Pierre Dubreuil’s Gardiens fidèles, circa 1932, which illustrates Dubreuil’s frequently overlooked sense of visual humor at $50,000-70,000.

Contemporary Works

Contemporary works are abundant throughout the sale and encompass Peter Beard’s Tsavo East, which fuses together the groundbreaking, defining elements of Beard’s work over the last 60 years in an intricate collage.

It is a masterful composition exemplifying the most celebrated characteristics of Beard’s work including his fascination with the natural world, beauty, and cultural exploration.

Further on offer are two large-scale Vik Muniz prints: A Bar at the Folies Bergère, after Edouard Manet, from Pictures of Magazines 2, 2012 and Burning Standard, after Ed Ruscha from Pictures of Cars, 2008, with ranges of $50,000-70,000 and $40,000-60,000, respectively.

Image Courtesy of Phillips. Vik Muniz’s A Bar at the Folies Bergère, after Edouard Manet. Estimate: $50,000-70,000

Additional lots by Sally Mann, Anne Collier, Ahmet Ertug, Adam Fuss, and Matthew Brandt are also included in the sale.

Private Collections

Works from private collections will be listed in the auction and include 40 lots from the Private West Coast Collection, comprising Carrie Mae Weems’ High Yella Girl from her Colored People Series, Margaret Bourke-White’s The World’s Largest Dam Dnieperstroi based at $20,000-30,000, a self portrait of Constantin Brancusi at his studio priced at $20,000-30,000 and Richard Avendon’s portrait of Francis Bacon at $15,000-25,000.

Other high points of the sale are A Constant Pursuit: Photographs from the Collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw which contains five works by Diane Arbus, including Clouds on Screen at a Drive-In Movie, N.J.,1960, and Young Couple in Washington Square Park, NYC, 1965, each estimated for $10,000-15,000.

For further information on the auction and to start bidding, visit here.

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