NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Photographs on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 offered a wide range of fine examples spanning the history of the genre. Featured were works by Barkley L. Hendricks, Edward Sherriff Curtis, Peter Beard, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lee Friedlander, Michael Wolf, and Lucien Clergue, among many others.
A portrait of renowned artist Pablo Picasso by French photographer Lucien Clergue (1934-2014) achieved $2,250, surpassing its estimate of $800-1,200. Clergue met Picasso in 1953 and their friendship lasted decades. The photographer compiled his images into an autobiographical book entitled Picasso My Friend, published in 1993.
Barkley L. Hendricks
Works by Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017) have become highly sought-after recently, resulting in ever stronger prices. A photograph from 1971 titled Happy New Year, mounted together with two other works, Man with toothpick, in front of poster and Blues musician, soared past its estimate of $1,500-1,000, reaching $20,000. Likewise, other photographs by the artist in the auction achieved excellent prices.
Known primarily as a painter, Hendricks created vivid, often life-sized portraits that are incredibly striking documents of Black Americans -- confrontational and bold slabs of photorealism in bright, punchy colors. Though lesser known, Hendricks’ photography and mixed media works on paper, while differing in tone and presentation, are equally powerful statements on African American culture.
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