zondag 28 april 2013

THE MOST EXPENSIVE PHOTOGRAPHS EVER SOLD Andreas Gursky Cindy Sherman Jeff Wall Edward Steichen Etc.

It has been a long debate weather photography has its place at the fine art table or not. Opinions are divided among art specialist. Some would never consider photography to be a true art form, capable of reaching the depth of a painting or a sculpture. Others are more flexible in this regard and look to photography as a distinct ,stand alone form of art that is in no way shadowed by other mediums. While more and more critics and art specialists feel this way, the majority of the art world has not yet fully welcomed photography among the other visual languages that represent the gross of the market. The most expensive single photograph ever sold came at a huge price but still, a very long way from the most expensive painting ever sold. It is fortunately a growing market. Naturally, with the number of photographers being so high, it is easy to become frustrated and intrigued about how the apparent simplicity of some of these works earned them so much money. 

1.Rhein II by Andreas Gursky – $4, 338.500 in 2011


It is a 360x190cm photograph of the flowing Rhein river .Gursky removed some of the elements that were damaging to the composition, like people and buildings, claiming that ”a fictitious construction was required to provide an accurate image of a modern river. ”
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2.Cindy Sherman- Untitled #96- $3,890,500 in 2011



Self-portrait of the author wearing teenager clothes, taken in 1981. Christie’s, who auctioned it , noted in the presentation: “Who is this girl?Is she scheming to find true love ,or the brokenhearted victim of a failed love affair?”. The intrigue obviously worked.
Recommended Reading:
Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills
Cindy Sherman: The Early Works: Catalogue Raisonné, 1975-1977
Cindy Sherman: Working Girl 


3.Dead troops talk- Jeff Wall- $3,666,500 in 2012




It is a montage made in 1992, a vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol ,near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986, according to the author. It seems like quite an impressive piece of work, given the fact that it’s a montage made in the early ‘90s. Wall also published a number o f successful albums, including the well reviewed Complete Edition.
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4. Andreas Gursky 99 cent II Diptychon - $3,346,456 in 2007



The image captures a supermarket interior with numerous, colored products, in a two part composition. It stirred the photography world a bit after the price was made public.
5. The Pond-Moonlight- Edward Steichen -$2,928,000 in 2006



It is said that only three versions of this 1904 pictorial photograph are still in existence. Due to the manual hand-layering technique of the time, each one is different. At the time of the auction, in February 2006, it was the most expensive photograph ever sold in history.
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6. Untitled #153- Cindy Sherman-$2,700,000 in 2010



Another self portrait of the artist. In the words of Sherman: “you can be terrified and screaming and hiding your eyes, but you’re laughing, the worse it is, because it’s just so over the top and cathartic to confront these things that are really disturbing.” Here is a collection of her works.
Recommended Reading:

Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills
Cindy Sherman: The Early Works: Catalogue Raisonné, 1975-1977
Cindy Sherman: Working Girl

7. Billy the Kid-unknown -$2,300,000 in 2011



This portrait of the famous American gunman has an anonymous author. It is the only surviving authenticated portrait of The Kid.
8. Tobolsk Kremlin- Dimitry Medvedev-$1,750,000 in 2010



This aerial photograph was taken by none other than former Russian President, Dimitry Medvedev. It was auctioned in Sankt Petersburg in January of 2010.
9.Nude- Edward Weston-$1,609,00 in2008



It is one of Weston’s best known nudes, and although estimated at “only” $700 000/1million, it was sold after a heated battle between two bidders for almost double the predicted amount.
10.Georgia O’Keeffe (Hands)-Alfred Stieglitz-$1,470,000 in 2006



Taken by Stieglitz in 1919 ,the photograph is part more than three hundred photographs of the painter Georgia O’keeffe. Stieglitz used to consider this kind of images to be portraits of individual body parts, rather than a study or an advanced composition.
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11.Georgia O’Keeffe Nude- Alfred Stieglitz - $1,360,000 in 2006



Part of the same series , it was originally estimated at a value of $700,000-1 million. Eight of nine highest prices paid for Stielglitz photographs are images of O’Keeffe.
Recommended Reading
Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set - Volume I & II: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs
Alfred Stieglitz New York
Stieglitz: Camera Work (25th Anniversary Special Edtn)
Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand: Masterworks from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

12.Untitled(Cowboy)-Richard Prince-$1,248,000-in 2005



Prince’s technique involved mostly re-photographing old pictures that had been previously featured in the New York times. “Cowboy” is a re-photograph of a Sam Abell picture and is the first of its kind to raise over $1 million.
13.Dovima with elephants- Richard Avedon-$1,151,976 in 2010



Avedon’s iconic photograph of Dovima, one of the most famous American supermodels was originally published in Harper’s Bazaar. There were two photographs from the shoot, this one and another where Dovima’s dress is black. However, the negative from the “white version” mysteriously disappeared and only one print was ever made. Avedon is one of the most influential photographers of the 20 th century. His work can be found in numerousphotography albums.
14.Nautilus- Edward Weston-$1,082,500 in 2010



Weston took this picture in 1927 after noticing several paintings in the studio of artist Henrietta Shore, depicting sea shells. Some historians believe that this image, along with others of Chambered Nautiluses, was a turning point in Weston’s career and helped develop him as one of the greatest photographers of the previous century.
Recommended Reading
15. One-Peter Lik-$1,000,000 in 2010



Lik is an Australian landscape photographer who is often compared to Ansel Adams.This image, resembling an impressionist painting, was taken on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire.There was only one print ever made.
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16. Untangling-Jeff Wall- $1,000,000 AUD in 2006



Another skillfully crafted image from what is called one of the “most famous practitioners of staged photography”.Taken in 1994.
Recommended Reading:

Jeff Wall: Exposure
Jeff Wall: Figures & Places--Selected Works from 1978-2000
Jeff Wall: Photographs
Jeff Wall: Complete Edition

17.Joueur d’Órgue-Eugene Atget -$686500 in 2010



Taken on the streets of Paris, around 1898-1899, it is a gelatin silver chloride print originally estimated at $150,500. It ended up selling for more than six times that amount.
18.Andy Warhol- Robert Mapplethorpe -$643,200 in 2006



An unconventional portrait of the famous American pop artist.It as originaly estimated at $300,000. Mapplethorpe has photographed many personalities of the art world in his career and is known for his bold approaches. More of his work is available in printed edition.
19.Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico-Ansel Adams-$609,600 in 2006



Adams is considered to be the founder of modern landscape photography. He took this photo in November of 1941 from a location on U.S. Route 84. It was in very high demand an Ansel personally made over 1300 prints of it. As he was known for neglecting to record specific dates of his images, this one in particular has been listed throughout the years as having been made between 1940-1944. More of Adam’s works can be found in printed albums.
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dinsdag 23 april 2013

The Idiom of gleaming Bodies and strong, sleek Sexuality Pirelli Calendar 1969 Harri Peccinotti Photography

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Harri Peccinotti for Pirelli Calendar, 1969


The name of London-born, photographer and graphic designer Harri Peccinotti may be unfamiliar, but his work has been hugely influential. One of the very first to shoot the legendary Pirelli Calendar, he "coined the idiom of gleaming bodies and strong, sleek sexuality", one that is copied by better known photographers and used to sell luxury products to this day. Born in 1938, Peccinotti served as art director of FlairVanity FairRolling StoneVogue and Nova




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The Idiom of gleaming Bodies and strong, sleek Sexuality Pirelli Calendar 1969 Harri Peccinotti Photography

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Harri Peccinotti for Pirelli Calendar, 1969


The name of London-born, photographer and graphic designer Harri Peccinotti may be unfamiliar, but his work has been hugely influential. One of the very first to shoot the legendary Pirelli Calendar, he "coined the idiom of gleaming bodies and strong, sleek sexuality", one that is copied by better known photographers and used to sell luxury products to this day. Born in 1938, Peccinotti served as art director of FlairVanity FairRolling StoneVogue and Nova


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maandag 22 april 2013

SPIRIT OF DUNKERQUE WILLIAM EGGLESTON Photography


(EGGLESTON, WILLIAM). GERARD, VINCENT & JEAN-PIERRE REHM WILLIAM EGGLESTON: SPIRIT OF DUNKERQUE
Dunkerque & Paris, FRANCE, Ville De Dunkerque & Biro, Editeur., 2006, First Edition. (ISBN: 2-35119-017-3) Pictorial Self-Wrappers, Square 8vo, 128pp, 51 color illustrations. Text in French and Dutch. Published in conjunction with a 2006 French exhibition, this striking book of William Eggleston's vibrant color photographs of the harbor of Dunkerque (near the Flemish border) was issued in an extremely limited printing.

William Eggelston has a unique ability to find beauty and striking displays of color in ordinary scenes. His idea of 'the democratic camera posits that by looking patiently at what others ignore, or turn away from, interesting things can be seen. Like previous works on Plains. Georgia and Los Alamos, New Mexico, Spirit of Dinkerque contains quiet, haunting photos of the industrial port city of Dunkerque, France, each masterfully composed and bursting with unexpected color. Pictures of the port's cargo tanks and ships are blended with intermittent reminders of the natural world surrounding the industrial center, each simultaneously static and dynamic. William Eggleston had the first solo exhibition of color photography at the Museum of Modern Art. He is known for his association with the Warhol crowd in the seventies and for his starkly beautiful camera work.

Amazon Customer reviews :


3.0 out of 5 stars WAIT FOR LIBRARY COPY May 12, 2008
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This is not the greatest, nor even close to the greatest work Eggleston has done. Perhaps he is given too much credit these days and can get away with a mediocre body of work such as this. After 15 or so images you've seen it all. The color palette gets tiring after a few images as much of the photographs are a conglomerate of Blue and Red (orange) hues found in the industrial port vicinity of Dunkerque. As always with Mr. Eggleston, we anxiously await the next image in our page turnings of his books. It's hard refraining from buying any publication of his as all of his books have been exceptional, including his latest ones "5X7" and "Los Alamos". I would say this one might best be checked out at the Library. Who knows, maybe I'll appreciate this book more upon further viewings, but I'm not eager to flip through it anytime soon again. That is not usually the case with Eggleston's books. Here's another case where an artist is given a bit too much credit and commissioned to document a place that ultimately presents the viewer with very little to chew on. Save your dollars during these economic low points and venture over to the library for "Spirit of Dunkerque".

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I had actually been put off in buying this book based on the previous review. My favorite Eggleston photos have been those done in and around his own turf--Memphis and the Southern USA. But after putting it off for months, I went ahead and ordered "Spirit of Dunkerque" and now I am pleased to report the work is a delight through and through. This is pure "Eggleston photographs". The work is much better, in my opinion than his "Paris" work. Eggleston appears to have developed a relationship with the city of Dunkerque that never shows in "Paris". While not as expansive as the huge "Los Alamos" project or as groundbreaking as "Guide" and "Democratic Forest", this volume is another winning portfolio any Eggleston lover will enjoy fully. I give it four and a half stars only because I love it a little less than some of the earlier works.


 I think it's a good intro to W. Eggleston November 4, 2012
By BW
Format:Paperback
It was the only W. Eggleston's book available in my city's bookshop in France... Perhaps this book is not relevant of the main work W. Eggleston but with it (few pages, landscape format) you get the fact.
I practiced M films systems and I was ever frustrated to work only in BW (because HCB worked in BW only, as R. Cappa for instance), this book demonstrates you how to view Colors

See also 

10 Lessons William Eggleston Has Taught Me About Street Photography

by ERIC KIM on APRIL 1, 2013