© Peter Beard VG Bildkunst, Bonn 2016 Grisebach GmbH
Modern and Contemporary PhotographsOn Wednesday, June 1 more than 230 works of modern and contemporary photography will be offered for sale at Grisebach in Berlin.
Vintage prints are rare on the auction market by such artists as Gertrud Arndt, Edward Steichen, André Kertész and Iwao Yamawaki. Gertrud Arndt’s innovative 1930 “Negativ-Portrait Wera Meyer-Waldeck” where the artist utilized the negative copy technique is considered one of the “classics“ of Bauhaus photography (€ 10,000/15,000). While Edward Steichen’s 1921 study of a sunflower emanates the artist’s hallmark precision and focused lighting (€ 20,000/30,000), the Hungarian photographer André Kertész, on his forays into Paris, captured the unusual moments and chance encounters of daily life such as in this 1929 photograph of dismounted wooden carousel horses (€ 20,000/25,000). “Konvolut für Bernd Lohse” is a unique arrangement of main works by Peter Keetman, selected by the artist and presented as a gift to the picture editor and publisher, Bernd Lohse, in the 1970s (€ 45,000/55,000). Other vintages offered in the auction include works by Erwin Blumenfeld, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Tata Ronkholz, Otto Steinert, Josef Sudek and Fred Zinnemann, among others.
© Thomas Ruff VG Bildkunst, Bonn 2016, Grisebach GmbH
A group of rare photographs by the Japanese architect and photographer Iwao Yamawaki, who studied at the Bauhaus from 1930 to 1932, originally comes from the collection of Tom Jacobson. The photographs of mainly modern architecture that Yamawaki’s set in the New Vision style were shot during those years (estimates from€ 3,000until€ 5.000).
© Yamawaki Iwao & Michiko Archives, 2016, Grisebach GmbH
Among the highlights of the contemporary photography auction are four works by Peter Beard, one is a portrait of Andy Warhol with colour and collage additions (€ 50,000/70,000), another one an over-size print of the “Large Tusker“ (€ 20,000/30,000). Other top lots are two Diasec works by Thomas Ruff, one is from his series exploring the architecture of Mies van der Rohe, Afrikanischen Strasse in Berlin-Wedding (€ 22,000/28,000), the other one is a young woman from his portrait series (€25,000/30,000), further Günter Brus’s portfolio “Aktion in einem Kreis“ (€ 6,000/8,000) as well as works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Deborah Turbeville, and others.
Preview Berlin, 27-31 May 2016
Grisebach, Fasanenstraße 25, 27 and 73
Fri–Mon 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Tue 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Online catalogue: http://www.grisebach.com