Phillips’ Photographs presents a selection of highlights from the October Live Sale


Bernd and Hilla Becher | Water towers: (Kugel unten Geschlossen), around the years 1960-1980 | Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000
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Phillips’ Photographs presents a selection of October Live Sale Featured Works

With Ansel Adams, David Hockney, Vik Muniz, Robert Adams and more on October 12 at 432 Park Avenue

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 – Phillips’ upcoming photography auction on October 12 will feature more than 300 lots spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Directed by A Reverence for Beauty: The Peter C. Bunnell Collection, Part 1, the auction additionally includes a select group from the American Museum’s Amon Carter, as well as works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Robert Adams, and Wolfgang Tillmans, all currently the subject of major museum career retrospectives. . Alongside the live auction, Phillips will be running a complementary online-only sale, Dorothea Lange: the family collectionwhich will be open for auction from October 3 to 13.

Sarah Krueger, Head of Photography, New Yorksaid: “We are delighted with the very fine selection of photography in our October sale, which ranges from rare 19th century images to 20th century masterpieces, from post-war documents to art cutting-edge contemporary, which beautifully complement our online offering of Dorothea Lange: the family collection. We look forward to presenting our international community of collectors with the best photography the category has to offer.

Chris Mahoney, Phillips Senior International Photograph Specialist, said, “Phillips is honored to have been selected to sell works from the collection of esteemed photography curator, teacher and historian, Peter C. Bunnell. His broad and nuanced understanding of photography, not to mention his friendships with so many photographers, has enriched a very personal collection. We are pleased to partner with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art for a sale of materials to benefit acquisition funds. Since its founding in 1961, the Amon Carter has been actively engaged with photography and photographers, and it is a privilege to help them pursue this mission.

Ansel Adams | Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941 | Estimate $100,000 – 150,000
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Featured as one of the highlight works of the sale, a large format print of bravery by Ansel Adams Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, title a series of photographs being disposed of by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Deeply sensitive to man’s impact on the environment, Adams’ image captures the presence of the built environment within the expanse of the landscape. Other highlights include André Kertész black-tinted evocation of a Paris street, a modernist nude study by Czech master František Drtikol, Southern Gothic by William Eggleston Morton, Mississippiand 15 other lots of classic and contemporary photography all sold to benefit Amon Carter’s acquisition funds.

Founding German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher are currently the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Phillips’ auction offers a robust selection of their sharp and elegantly austere images, including the imposing grid in 9 parts Water towers: (Kugel unten Geschlossen) as well as several single and combined images. Wolfgang Tillman’s work is currently celebrated at the Museum of Modern Art, and the sale features a number of key images from his workincluding its serene skyscape Transient 3. American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams is the long-awaited retrospective at the National Gallery of Art, and several of Adams’ quietly eloquent works are offered to Phillips, from his masterful twilight study of Burgdorf, Coloradoin his image of bleached sun Colorado Springs, Colorado.

David Hockney | Inside, it opens too, 2018 | Estimate $100,000 – 150,000
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Next to these works is that of Davis Hockney Inside it also opens, a hybrid work that is full of historical and personal references to art. Within the epic scale of this piece are Hockney’s own hexagonal landscape paintings, as well as the artist himself, photographed with arms raised in a moment of revelation.

A rare panorama from 1855 San Francisco, California., by George Robinson Fardon is the focal point of Phillip’s 19th century offerings. This remarkably well-preserved example is one of only four known Fardon panoramas, and it features a myriad of minute detail documenting businesses, residences, and public buildings. A daguerreotype by the famous Southworth & Hawes and a seascape by Gustave Le Gray are other highlights of early photography.

Phillips is also pleased to present William Eggleston’s first portfolio, 14 Pictures, published in 1974 and showcasing the rich saturated colors of the dye transfer process combined with the best of his work. Sale includes dye transfer printing Untitled (Wonder Bread) and a pigment impression of Untitled, Memphis. Other post-war works include a masterful copy by Robert Frank Barber shop by screen door, McClellanville, South Carolinaand one of the first prints by Diane Arbus Lady bartender at home with souvenir dog, New Orleans, LA.

The sale also includes a group of previously unseen photographs by Minor White. Sent to a student in the early 1960s, it includes the twelve photographs Sequence 16: Steely the Infinity Barb. There is also a fine selection of works by Walker Evans, including Country Store and Gas Station, Alabamaformerly in the collection of Alfred Barr, first director of the Museum of Modern Art.

Also, Helmut Newton Saddle I, Paris, demonstrates a devilishly playful approach to fashion photography, much like Irving Penn’s Bee-Stung Lips Bee (A), New York. by Vik Muniz Flag, from Jasper Johns of Pictures of Pigment carries a particularly strong selection of works by this artist. The auction consisting of more than 300 works will be presented from Sunday October 2 before the live auction on October 12.


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