Phillips Photography Sales Feature Higgins, VanderZee and Weems

Phillips is holding two photography auctions in October that feature the work of Chester Higgins, James VanderZee, and Carrie Mae Weems.  Both auctions take place on October 1st in New York.

In the Photographs auction, Weems is featured in three black & white prints from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990s.  Lots 284, 286 and  287 have estimates starting at $ 3,000 to $ 25,000.  Weems is featured in each photograph.  Print sizes are from 19 x 18 7/8 to 26 7/8 x 26 7/8 inches.

Chester Higgins’ Muslim Woman, 1990, is estimated at $ 7,000 – 9,000 in the same auction.

In Photographs from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, James VanderZee’s Portrait of a Harlem Preacher, Daddy Grace, 1938 and Untitled (young black woman with studio background), 1931 are featured in Lot 21.  The two silver gelatin prints are signed and dated or stamped in ink on the recto: G.G.G. Photo Studio, Inc.  The print is estimated at $ 2,000 – 3,000.

 

 

Carrie Mae Weems NY Exhibits, Recent Auction Results

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New York City was fortunate to have two premier art institutions host a retrospective and body of work by the esteemed American photographer, Carrie Mae Weems.  Her work was recently seen at the Guggenheim Museum, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, and at the Studio Museum of Harlem, Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series, ending Sunday, June 29.  The Guggenheim show has a handsome catalog.

Alongside her New York exhibitions,  Weems’ work was recently sold at auction:

Untitled (from the Kitchen Table Series), 1994, 3/25. Silver gelatin print. Wright Auctions (Chicago, New York): Art & Design. 2/27/14, Lot 218, Est. $2,000-3,000. Sold: $3,825.

The Kitchen Table Series: Untitled (Eating Lobster), 1990, 4/5. Silver gelatin print. Phillips (New York): Contemporary Art Day. 5/16/14, Lot 253, Est. $8,000-10,000. Sold: $27,500.

ImageJim, If You Choose To Accept, The Mission Is To Land On Your Own Two Feet (1990), 2/5. Silver gelatin print. Christie’s (New York): Post-War and Contemporary Art. 5/14/14, Lot 331, Est. $10,000-15,000. Sold: $20,000.

 

Untitled (Woman and daughter with children), 1990, 4/5. Silver gelatin print. Phillilps (New York): Photographs. 4/1/14, Lot 253, Est. $5,000-7,000. Sold: $32,500.

 

Happy Holidays from ATFA Appraisals

Thank you so much for being a customer of ATFA Appraisals this past year.  We want you to know we appreciate the business you have given us, and we hope to continue serving you in the coming year.

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[African Americans selling Christmas trees and holly, Washington, D.C.] ca. 1920, National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

 

Discussion on the History of the Photography Market – 40 Years

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The transformation of photography in the last decades is nothing short of revolutionary — and has been driven largely by the marketplace in art photography that began in the 1970s. This panel [presented at the April 2013 Association of International Photography Art Dealers show in New York City] explores the 40-year-old photo market with leading experts.

Speakers: Catherine Edelman, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago; Celso Gonzalez-Falla, chairman of the board, Aperture Foundation; Duane Michals, artist; Susanna Wenniger, senior specialist, photography, Artnet. Moderator is Jill Arnold, director, business development, AXA Art Insurance Corporation.

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Honoring Black Photographers during New York’s Photo Month – April 201

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In preparation for next month’s photography fairs, exhibits, and auctions, African Diaspora Photography wanted to share information on some of the top black photographers in the photography market. The first is Carrie Mae Weems. In this video segment of Art21, Ms. Weems discusses the life blood of her photography work: narrative and storytelling.

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Not Manet’s Type Sells at Skinner Auction

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Carrie Mae Weems’ Not Manets Type, 2001, a signed and dated print in an edition of 40 sold at Skinner’s auction of American & European Art for $ 1,400 (hammer price). Auction estimate $ 2,000-2,500.

Weems is known for her narrative’s on gender, class, race, and American history.  The photo-lithograph on paper measures 27 1/8 x 17 in. and numbered 13/40.

 

Skinner Auction Offers Chuck Stewart Photograph

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At the September 7th Skinner Auction (Boston, MA) of American and European Paintings & Prints, Lot 249, a photograph of jazz musician, John Coltrane, is estimated to sell for $800-1,200.

The photograph, John Coltrane, NYC, May 66, is by Chuck Stewart, a noted photographer of jazz musicians in the 1950s-1960s. The signed print, produced in 1995, is edition 8/100, and is unmatted and unframed.

Stewart is the 2009 recipient of the Milt Hinton Award for Excellence in Jazz Photography presented by the Jazz Photographers Association.  Stewart has photographed Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Betty Carter, among others.

Photographs Sale – Christie’s, April 5

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At the April 5th Christie’s sale of Photographs, nineteen out of 348 featured images of black people or of Latin America.  Several of the images were taken by such noted photographers of the 20th century as Manual Alvarez Bravo, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, and W. Eugene Smith, among others.  Lot 264 by Robert Frank sold for $ 434,500, Trolley – New Orleans, 1955 , a photograph featured in Frank’s famous book, The Americans, depicting a segregated trolley car.  Equally noteworthy is Frank’s Charleston, South Carolina 1955 photograph selling for over three times its high estimate ($182,500).  The total sale yielded $ 6,880,450 with buyer’s premium.

Here are the lots you should review.

#60: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Diego Rivera painting the River Lerma Well, 1951.  Sold for $ 9,375; Estimate $ 3,000-5,000.

#98: W. Eugene Smith, Nurse MidWife, 1952. Sold for $6,875;  Estimate $7,000 – $9,000.

#147: Irving Penn, Pila Pila Sisters, Dahomey, 1967.  Sold for $13,750;  Estimate $ 10,000 – 15,000.

#206: Irving Penn, Three Asaro Mudmen (New Guinea), 1970Sold for $92,500; Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000

Charleston, South Carolina, 1955

(Above) #263: Robert Frank, Charleston, South Carolina, 1955

Sold for $182,500; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

#269: Robert Mapplethorpe, Thomas, 1987

Sold for $8,750; Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000

#272: Robert Mapplethorpe, Grace Jones (Painted by Keith Haring), 1984

Sold for $27,500; Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

#278: Irving Penn, New Guinea Man with Painted-On Glasses, 1970

Sold for $26,250; Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

#279: Irving Penn, Tambul Warrior (New Guinea), 1970

Sold for $74,500; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

#283: Irving Penn, Nude 58, 1949-1950

Sold for $43,750; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

#314: Walker Evans, Street Portrait, Chicago, 1946

Sold for $30,000; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

La Buena Fama Durmiendo, 1930

(Above) #319: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, La Buena Fama Durmiendo, 1930

Sold for $8,125; Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000

#321: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Frida con Globo, Coyoacan, Mexico, 1938

Sold for $9,375; Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000

(Below) #332: Weegee, Easter Sunday, Harlem, 1940.  Sold for $3,750; Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000

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