Auction:

Photographs / Phillips London - Thursday 18 May 2017

Photographs

Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London (map)

Thursday 18 May 2017 2.00 pm

Viewing

Public Viewing 12 - 18 May
Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm 
Sunday 12pm-6pm

Online Catalogue

https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/UK040117

This Spring, Phillips presents Photographs in London, showcasing many of the key moments in photography over the past century, and bringing to the fore notable contemporary artists of today. Available for sale only at Phillips is ULTIMATE, a multifaceted selection of exclusive works ranging from rare masterpieces to unique works and sold-out editions. Following on from the success of ULTIMATE VOGUE last year, ULTIMATE CAMPAIGN champions advertising photography by today’s leading forces in fashion, from legendary photographer Bruce Weber to rising star Tyrone Lebon. The Photographs sale showcases the legacies ofHenri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Seiji Kurata and John Baldessari, among others. Comprising over 90 lots, the Photographs sale will take place on 18 May at Phillips London.

Genevieve Janvrin, Co-Head of Photographs, Europe, said, “Building on our considerable success in 2016, we are thrilled to present another carefully curated and tightly edited selection of works to market. Following up on Thomas Struth’s Art Institute of Chicago II, 1990, which became the highest sold lot in a Phillips London Photographs sale last November, we are especially excited by our top lot – John Baldessari’s Transform (Lipstick), 1990. These offerings position ULTIMATE as the ideal platform for acquiring contemporary masterworks.”

Yuka Yamaji, Co-Head of Photographs, Europe, said, “It was a great honour to interview the legendary Bruce Weber for ULTIMATE CAMPAIGN this Spring. The extraordinary caliber of photographs featured in this curation is a testament to the power of collaborative creativity. (Click here for the full interview).

Highlighted lots at right include:

 

NICK KNIGHT

Alexander McQueen, Snakes

2009

Hand-coated pigment print, flush-mounted.

Image: 202.3 x 100 cm (79 5/8 x 39 3/8 in.) Frame: 215.4 x 113.9 cm (84 3/4 x 44 7/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 5/5 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is number 5 from the edition of 5 + 2 AP. The 2 artist’s proofs will remain with the artist.

Estimate: £40,000 – 60,000

 

 

BRUCE WEBER

Ric and Natalie, Villa Tejas, Montecito, California

1988

Gelatin silver print, printed 2017, flush-mounted.

Image/Sheet: 177.8 x 127 cm (70 x 50 in.) Frame: 185 x 133 cm (72 7/8 x 52 3/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 1/1 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is number 1 from the edition of 1 and is unique in this size.

Estimate: £40,000 – 60,000

 

JOHN BALDESSARI

Transform (Lipstick)

1990

Unique work comprised of two chromogenic prints with vinyl paint, flush-mounted.

186.5 x 171.5 cm (73 3/8 x 67 1/2 in.)

This work is unique.

Estimate: £300,000 – 400,000

 

WALTER & ZONIEL

Iconostatus

2012

Unique polyptych comprised of 18 direct positive photographs on tin with ink, pigment and oil paint, and 24 carat gold-leaf gilding.

Each image/sheet: 50.4 x 40.4 cm (19 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.) Each frame: 57.2 x 47.2 cm (22 1/2 x 18 5/8 in.) Overall: 171.6 x 283.2 cm (67 1/2 x 111 1/2 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title and date on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

This work is unique.

Estimate: £20,000 – 30,000

 

SEIJI KURATA

入墨の男 [Irezumi no otoko] Tattooed Man from Flash Up

1975

Gelatin silver print, printed 1978.

Image: 53 x 42 cm (20 7/8 x 16 1/2 in.) Sheet: 61.7 x 50.5 cm (24 1/4 x 19 7/8 in.)

Signed in rōmaji, dated and annotated ‘1975 taken’, ‘1978 printed’ and ‘池袋 文芸坐通りビル屋上’ [Ikebukuro, building rooftop on Bungeiza Street] in Japanese/English in pencil on the verso. 

Printed by Kurata in 1978 for his first-ever solo exhibition, the present work is one of only two signed early prints of this image in existence. The other print, printed in 1979 for another exhibition and similar in size, is held privately. Aside from the two signed early prints, only six early prints of this image – three small press prints and three exhibition proof prints – are known. All six prints are held by the artist and are not intended for commercial sale.

Estimate: £15,000 – 25,000

 

JUNO CALYPSO

A Dream in Green from The Honeymoon Suite

2015

Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.

Image/Sheet: 99.8 x 150.7 cm (39 1/4 x 59 3/8 in.) Frame: 105.2 x 156.3 cm (41 3/8 x 61 1/2 in.)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered AP1 ink on the reverse of the flush-mount; signed in ink, printed title, date and number AP1 on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the frame. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is AP1 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 2 AP. This image is sold out in all sizes and editions.

Estimate: £5,000 – 7,000

 

 

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON

Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris

1932

Gelatin silver print, printed 1947.

Image: 35 x 24 cm (13 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.) Sheet: 35 x 28.3 cm (13 3/4 x 11 1/8 in.)

Indistinctly numbered in an unidentified hand in pencil in the margin, titled, dated and annotated in unidentified hands in pencil, credit reproduction limitation and LIFE stamps, printed title, date, credit and Museum of Modern Art exhibition labels on the verso. Accompanied by a Certificate from the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson signed by Agnès Sire, Director.

Estimate: £30,000 – 50,000

 

ROBERT FRANK

Charleston, South Carolina

1955

Gelatin silver print, printed 1979.

21.3 x 32.4 cm (8 3/8 x 12 3/4 in.)

Signed, titled and dated in ink in the margin; credited, dated in ink, copyright, credit and Archive stamps on the verso.

Estimate: £50,000 – 70,000

 

WILLIAM EGGLESTON

Untitled

1976

Pigment print, printed 2011, flush-mounted.

Image: 81.5 x 121.5 cm (32 1/8 x 47 7/8 in.) Frame: 112.5 x 150 cm (44 1/4 x 59 in.)

Signed by the artist in ink, titled, dated, numbered 1/2 in an unidentified hand in ink and printed Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright reproduction limitation on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

Estimate: £60,000 – 80,000

 

RUUD VAN EMPEL

Boy & Girl

2008

Dye destruction print, face-mounted to Plexiglas and flush-mounted.

241.4 x 171.3 cm (95 x 67 1/2 in.)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/7 in ink on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

Estimate: £50,000 – 70,000

 

ALEX PRAGER

Crowd #1 (Stan Douglas)

2010

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.

Image/Sheet: 59.9 x 103.5 cm (23 5/8 x 40 3/4 in.) Frame: 64 x 106.6 cm (25 1/4 x 41 7/8 in.)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 7/7 in ink on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

Estimate: £15,000 – 20,000 

 

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Contact:

Genevieve Janvrin
Co-Head of Photographs, Europe
+44 20 7901 7996

Yuka Yamaji
Co-Head of Photographs, Europe
+44 20 7318 4098