PHILLIPS de PURY & COMPANY IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE HIGHLIGHTS FROM ITS NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS OWNERS SALE
WORKS BY CINDY SHERMAN, IRVING PENN, RICHARD AVEDON, ANDREAS GURSKY, ANDY WARHOL, GILBERT & GEORGE, DESIREE DOLRON, SALLY MANN, ROBERT FRANK, PETER BEARD, GREGORY CREWDSON & FRANCESCA WOODMAN LEAD SALE OF IMPORTANT PHOTOGRAPHS
AUCTION: WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2012 10AM & 2PM
GENERAL VIEWING: 24 MARCH – 3 APRIL 2012
LOCATION: Phillips de Pury & Company, 450 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Sotheby’s April 3rd Photographs auction in New York features an exciting range of material from the 19th to 21st centuries. American modernism is represented by an early print of Brett Weston’s Hand and Ear, originally from the collection of photographer and filmmaker LeRoy Robbins. Four impressive Ansel Adams murals, including Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake and White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, are featured, along with other Adams photographs. Ray Metzker’s Tall Grove of Nudes, a unique work composed of 140 individual photographs mounted together, is a superb example from his Composites series. Diane Arbus’s A Box of Ten Photographs, the photographer’s only portfolio, features a myriad of her most iconic and sought-after images. Larry Clark’s Billy Mann, perhaps the most famous image from his landmark Tulsa series, is offered as an early, oversized print. An arresting mural-sized print of Peter Beard’s Heart Attack City presents an astonishing array of collage and photographic elements.
Paris auctioneers Binoche & Giquello, in conjunction with Sotheby’s, are delighted to announce the sale of Part II of the Library of R. & B. L. in Paris on 28 March 2012. The sale features an exceptional ensemble of nearly 200 works, with an overall estimate of €3 – 4 million ($3.9 – 5.2 million), and abounds in illustrations by a host of 20th century masters – Bonnard, Braque, Chagall, Delaunay, Dufy, Giacometti, Gris, Laurencin, Léger, Maillol, Masson, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and Wols – and also features sophisticated bindings by such internationally renowned bookbinders as Rose Adler, Bonet, Creuzevault, Madeleine Gras, Hugnet, Leroux, Martin, Mercher, Miguet, Germaine Schroeder and Séguy.
Many of these highly desirable volumes are personalized with artists’ dedications, some accompanied by original drawings
Daughter of the celebrated and visionary gallery-owner Pierre Loeb, the Parisian dealer of the greatest modern artists of the inter-war period, including Picasso, Miró and Giacometti, Florence Loeb inherited her father’s passion for distant cultures and his gift for forging special affinities with the most fascinating artistic personalities of his generation.
In part this came from a life changing meeting in 1946, when Florence, aged only 16, first encountered the playwright, poet, actor and theatre director Antonin Artaud. A seminal moment, she spent the rest of her life fulfilling the quest he set for her, the search for the “thunderbolt of second life”, travelling the world and punctuating her voyages with conferences that she entitled “Celebration of Life”. The finest ensemble of books and drawings by Antonin Artaud, including the legendary Autoportrait of 1946, a portrait of Pierre Loeb by Alberto Giacometti and a selection of works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the collection of Pierre Loeb represent the highlights of this sale, which Sotheby’s is honoured to present in homage to Florence Loeb.
The May sale of American Indian Art will offer a diverse range of works from tribes of the Northwest Coast, Eskimo, Southwest, Plains, Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands. The sale includes masks, figurative sculpture, amulets, rattles, pipes, basketry, textiles, pottery, functional objects such as cradles, clothing and weaponry. There is an emphasis on historic material from the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights include a magnificent Paiute basket by Carrie Bethel, an early Creek bandolier bag, a rare painted Naskapi coat and an exceptional Tlingit headdress from the collection of Philip and Beatrice Gersh.