Sotheby's to Hold Spring Various-Owners Photographs Sale on April 8, 2008 Sotheby’s April 8th sale of Photographs includes works from across the history of photography, from a flawless early daguerreotype to modern masterpieces
News-Antique.com - Mar 24,2008 - New York, New York -- Sotheby’s April 8th sale of Photographs includes works from across the history of photography, from a flawless early daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes and classic images by Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, and Paul Outerbridge, Jr., to modern masterpieces by Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Peter Beard, among others. The sale also features a group of Clarence H. White photographs consigned by the Licking County Historical Society of Newark, Ohio, where White began his career. The sale is expected to bring $3.6 to 5.6 million.*
Highlighting the sale are two superb offerings from Man Ray. Champs Délicieux, 1922, (Lot 207, est. $200/300,000) is the photographer’s defining statement of his work with the photogram, or Rayograph, as he named his new creations. Avant-garde and experimental in nature, Champs Délicieux comprises a volume of 12 gelatin silver prints of the photographer’s earliest Rayographs (one pictured on page 1), printed in a limited edition of only 40 numbered copies and prefaced with an essay by Tristan Tzara. The copy in the Sotheby’s sale comes originally from the library of Kenneth Macpherson, an important experimental filmmaker who knew the photographer personally. Also by Man Ray is a unique Untitled Rayograph (Lot 210, est. $150/250,000) from his Surrealist period, made between 1924 and 1927. Its abstracted shapes form a lyrical study of three-dimensionality that characterizes the photographer’s best Rayograph work.
A selection of Edward Weston photographs features Dunes, Oceano (Lot 192, est. $150/250,000), from the photographer’s well-known 1936 series of dunes studies. This print was originally given by the photographer to his friend, the photographer and artist Frederick Sommer. Another Weston offering, Leeks, 1927 (Lot 188, est. $80/120,000), pictures a rhythmic arrangement of leeks in a row, and like the dune study, has a fine provenance: it passed from the photographer’s son Brett Weston to the photographer Gerry Sharpe and then to Ansel and Virginia Adams. One of the rarer Edward Weston vegetable still-life studies, the present print is only the second print of this image to be located.
Sotheby’s is honored to offer a selection of works by influential Pictorialist photographer and teacher Clarence H. White from the Licking County Historical Society in Newark, Ohio. Chief among the images is Telegraph Poles (Lot 160, est. $80/120,000) a spare, modern view of Newark, where White began to photograph while working as a clerk at a grocery wholesaler. Telegraph Poles exemplifies the Modernist approach that characterized White’s work in the last decade of the nineteenth century, far in advance of many of his contemporaries. The proceeds from the sale of these photographs (Lots 159 - 164) will be 2
used to set up a Clarence White Endowment to aid in the Society’s efforts to preserve its permanent collections.
Clarence White’s student, Paul Outerbridge, Jr., was among the most imaginative and technically-innovative photographers of his day, and Kandinsky from 1937 (Lot 214, est. $150/250,000) is one of his most accomplished images. Rendered in the demanding and expensive