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Monday, April 14, 2008

Bonhams will sell Photographs of Kate Moss made by Tracey Emin, Banksy and Albert Watson

Bonhams will sell Photographs of Kate Moss made by Tracey Emin, Banksy and Albert Watson


Albert Watson (American, born 1942) 'Kate Moss, Marrakech', 1993. Signed, dated, titled and numbered '3/10' on seperate sheet, gelatin silver print
sheet 158.5 x 122cm

LONDON.-The iconic British supermodel, Kate Moss portrayed by three popular artists, Tracey Emin, Banksy and Albert Watson will be sold at Bonhams Vision 21 in Knightsbridge on April 16.

Works by Albert Watson include a gelatin silver print of Kate Moss in Marrakech produced in 1993 - estimate £5,000 - 7,000 and a C-Type print on aluminium, Marrakech, 1993 - estimate £3000 - 5,000. Watson is one of the most successful and sought-after fashion and commercial photographers who has produced photographs for magazines such as Vogue, The Face, Rolling Stone and Newsweek. He won various prizes, including a Grammy Award in 1975 for the best design for an LP cover. His crowning achievements include his unprecedented 250 cover images for Vogue - perhaps the ultimate barometer of success for a fashion photographer.

A screenprint of Kate Moss by the renowned urban artist, Banksy produced in 2005 is estimated at £30,000 - 50,000, while Tracy Emin, one of the leading YBA (Young British Artists) has produced a plymer gravure etching of the supermodel (estimate £600-800).

A unique 'self-portrait' of Andy Warhol (1928-1987) printed by the artist in 1967, in black and blue synthetic polymer and screenprint ink on red graphic art paper is also a fascinating highlight in the Vision 21 sale.

Warhol only ever printed a very small number of early works. As his career took off he was able to employ professional printers to assist him. The present work is particularly rare as it is one of the few that Warhol printed himself. Though other examples do exist, on various different sized sheets of coloured and white papers, the print was never properly editioned. This rare work is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

Striking portraits of Faye Dunaway and Elton John are among the photographs by Terry O'Neil - the famous British photographer who achieved his greatest success documenting the fashion style and celebrities of the 1960's. Shots include Dunaway sitting relaxed in a chair by the pool with an Oscar on the breakfast table and newspapers scattered around her (£600-800).

A photograph by Philippe Halsman, a Latvian-born American photographer, of Sammy Davis Jr. will also be sold (£600-800. Davis is perhaps best known for his 1950's hits such as “Candy Man” and “What Kind of Fool I am” and for his connections with the infamous Brat Pack. Halsman became famous in the 1940's, where he started a thirty-year collaboration with surrealist artist Salvador Dali.

Further stars in the sale include Uma Thurman, photographed by Albert Watson in New York in 1993 (£5,000 - 7,000) and Tilda Swinton, shot by the Douglas Brothers (Andrew & Stewart), which is expected to fetch £600 - 800. Each work is signed.

A diverse mix of art and design is offered at Vision 21 with work by up and coming artists as well as more established name such as Agnes Martin, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, Marc Newson, Philippe Starck and Ron Arad.

Vision 21 is an innovative sale that delivers great design and diverse style and inspiration from 1945 to the present day. Conceived four years ago, Vision 21 encompasses Post War Paintings, Prints, Photographs, Sculpture and Modern Design. Bonhams in Knightsbridge has a long-held reputation for innovative ideas and, over the years, has introduced many new areas of collecting - such as Contemporary Ceramics and Rock and Pop Memorabilia, which have challenged traditional categories. The Vision 21 continues to attract a young fashionable crowd of both serious collectors, and those just looking to furnish a modern home.

Groundbreaking Modern Photography on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Groundbreaking Modern Photography on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art


Edward Weston, Nude, 1934, gelatin silver print.

BALTIMORE.-The Baltimore Museum of Art opened the exhibit Looking Through the Lens: Photography 1900–1960 through June 8. Discover more than 150 striking vintage prints in this extraordinary exhibition showcasing groundbreaking modern photography. Peruse some of the world’s best-known 20th century photographers including iconic images by European and American artists such as Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks. Drawn from the BMA’s outstanding collection, these rarely shown photographs were produced during a pivotal period in the history of the medium—when photography became fully recognized as an art form.

Organized thematically, Looking through the Lens both showcases the work of great artists and illuminates some of the most significant movements and techniques of the first half of the century. Highlights of the exhibition include soft-focus Pictorialist-style photogravures published in Alfred Stieglitz’s ground-breaking journal Camera Work (1903–17), a rare print of Paul Strand’s Bottle, Book and Orange (1916); and brilliant experimental images produced between the wars such as Max Burchartz’s Lotte’s Eye (c. 1928) and Edward Weston’s Pepper (1929). A large selection of works by Man Ray demonstrates the influence of Surrealism, while Edward Steichen’s dramatic images of movie stars and Paul Outerbridge’s vivid carbro color prints of cropped nudes and festive still lifes show the cross-fertilization between art, film, and advertising.

Compelling documentary photographs and examples of photojournalism from the late 1930s include Dorothea Lange’s images of migrant farmers in California and Aaron Siskind’s Photo League chronicles of Harlem, as well as works commissioned for Life magazine by Margaret Bourke-White and Gordon Parks. Post-war images by New York School photographers Robert Frank and William Klein capture fleeting moments in America—from parade-goers in Hoboken, New Jersey, to a group of teenagers on the run. The exhibition concludes with Harry Callahan and other teachers at the progressive Institute of Design in Chicago whose work extended the influence of European modernism and anticipated some of the new directions photography would take in the second half of the century.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Chris Beetles Presents Patrick Lichfield's Photography

Chris Beetles Presents Patrick Lichfield's Photography


Patrick Lichfield. Copyright Lichfield Studios Ltd.

LONDON.- Chris Beetles presents Lichfield. Patrick Lichfield’s photography has graced the world’s media for over forty years. Chris Beetles announces the first-ever selling show of his remarkable work.

Lichfield’s photography for the 'Queen Magazine', and 'Life' helped crystallise the 1960s visual aesthetic. So much so that Diana Vreeland, the influential editor of American 'Vogue', summoned him work for her. He capitulated in 1968, and became one of only five British photographers to be retained by the magazine since its foundation (Bailey, Beaton, Parkinson and Snowdon being the others).

Lichfield’s archive is a rich seam of culturally important photography, much of which has become synonymous with our perception of the celebrated and fashionable in the late 20th century. Since his death in 2005 his archive has been extensively catalogued, and we will show a selection of these well-known images alongside recent discoveries made public for the first time.

Comprising of over 70 images, our exhibition will reassess his archive and reveal him to be one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. The exhibition will be on view 14th May – 4th June 2008, Monday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm. A fully illustrated catalogue will be on sale, and all images will be featured on the website www.chrisbeetles.com.