Sale of Photographs on June 14, 2018
Featuring Works Spanning the History of Photography from the Early Period of the Medium to the Present Day
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle’s auction of Photographs on June 14, 2018 showcased works by the most renowned names in photography with offerings spanning the early period of the medium up to the present day.
Highlighting the sale was a 1926 photograph by Edward Steichen (1879-1973) that captures Brancusi's Endless Column in Steichen's garden at Voulagis, France. With competitive bidding, the photograph achieved $20,000, surpassing its $10,000-15,000 estimate. The photographer and sculptor were close friends, having met at Rodin's studio in 1907. This twenty-four foot sculpture was carved from a tree on the grounds. The sculpture was conceived as site-specific, so this photograph, beyond its importance as a Steichen work, is a significant piece of art documentation.
Two of the top five works in the sale were photographs by Consuelo Kanaga (1894-1978), including the poignant [She is the Tree of Life to them, Florida] from 1950 that sold for $17,500 against an estimate of $12,000-18,000. Consuelo Kanaga’s origins were on the West Coast. Born in Oregon and moving as a young woman with her family to San Francisco, she was among the first women photojournalists, working for The San Francisco Chronicle. Dorothea Lange introduced her to the Bay Area community of artistic photographers that included Edward Weston, Anne Brigman and others. Later, moving to New York, where she worked as a photographer for The New York American newspaper, Kanaga produced a powerful body of work documenting the lives of the desperately poor families in New York's tenements. During that New York sojourn, she met and was encouraged in her artistic endeavors by Alfred Stieglitz, who became a supporter and friend. She exhibited in the first f/64 group show in 1932, though she did not strictly consider herself a “member” of that group. From about 1935 on she developed a keen interest in documenting the lives and struggles of African Americans. Politically active in both the Peace and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s, and was arrested in Albany, Georgia, during the Walk for Peace of The Committee for Nonviolent Action.
Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948) is a photographer known for both the technical achievements of his works and their conceptual aspects. An early photograph from his Theaters series, U.A. Playhouse, Great Neck, New York, 1978, sold for $13,750 within its estimate of $10,000-15,000. For this image, Sugimoto exposed his camera film over the long duration of a feature film with the movie projector providing the only source of light. The result is a luminescent and surreal image capturing a long period of time.
Just the mention of the name Ansel Adams (1902-1984) brings to mind expansive vistas of the American west, the meeting of dramatic skies, sheer mountains and glistening rivers. An acknowledged darkroom master, his spellbinding images are best viewed as intended by the artist, in the large format gelatin silver photographs that he printed himself and signed gently in pencil on the mounts below. From 1962 was his arresting photograph of Evening Clouds and Pool, East Side of the Sierra from the Owens Valley, California. One of a group of photographs deaccessioned from The College of New Rochelle, it sold for $12,500 against an estimate of $12,000-18,000.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
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Consignments are currently being accepted for the December 13, 2018 auction of Photographs. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection.
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