Carrie Mae Weems NY Exhibits, Recent Auction Results

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.

 

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Discussion on the History of the Photography Market – 40 Years

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.

AIPAD panel

Photographs Sale – Christie’s, April 5

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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De Carava and Sleet are Top 20 lot sales at Swann Galleries Auction of Photographs – May 14, 2009

Among the top selling lots at the Swann Galleries Auction of Photographic Literature and Photographs on Thursday, May 14th are Roy De Carava’s portfolio and Moneta Sleet’s photograph of Coretta Scott King and Bernice at the funeral of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The De Carava portfolio of 12 dust-grain photogravures sold for $ 48, 000, hammer price. The portfolio ranked second in overall sales at the auction. Sleet’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph sold for $ 9,000 and ranked number sixteen in overall sales at the auction. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photograph of Malcolm X sold for its low estimate of $ 6,000.

MONETA J. SLEET, JR. (1926-1996). Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. comforting her daughter Bernice, 1968-1969
MONETA J. SLEET, JR. (1926-1996). Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. comforting her daughter Bernice, 1968-1969
 Malcolm X, 1961; printed 1980s
Henri Cartier-Bresson. Malcolm X, 1961; printed 1980s
 Portfolio entitled "Roy DeCarava." 1991
Portfolio entitled "Roy DeCarava." 1991

State of the Black Photography Market — Questions and Reflections

When I shared that I had created this blog with a friend, mentor, and fellow photographer, he quickly asked that I explore with my readers the marketplace that black photographers engage in to sell their work. I told him: “I’m working on it.” I want to make sure I project the “correct voice” when tackling this sensitive topic. Truthfully, today, after engaging with this subject for over twenty years, I am more confused than ever about why black photographers’ work is so grossly undervalued in the international photography market. There, I’ve said it.

I would appreciate hearing your insights and response to my proposition.

Tips for AIPAD Show Attendees

I wanted to call your attention to the latest I Photo Central e-newsletter. Written by I Photo Central’s owner and photography dealer, Alex Novak, the e-newsletter is full of insightful commentary and photography market data. The March 15th edition includes helpful tips for attendees of the upcoming Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) show at the Park Avenue Armory (New York City). I encourage you to read the entire newsletter and utilize the helpful tips.

To see examples of the work featured by photography dealers exhibiting at AIPAD visit the artline® website.