By Culturekiosque Staff
LOS ANGELES, 16 MAY 2013 Selected by Austrian expert Johannes
Faber, some 200 photographs, including numerous vintage prints and
rarities, will go under the hammer at the 8th WestLicht Photo Auction on
24 May in Vienna.
Among the top lots are works by August Sander, including two large
format prints from his famous work People of the 20th Century.
Sander conceived this large-scale project in the 1920s, photographing
hundreds of people from different professions and social groups to show a
cross-section of society from the Weimar Republic. The photographs
Middle-class Children from 1925 and The Pianist (Max van
de Sandt), from 1928, Cologne (Lot 36 and 37) are estimated to fetch
12,000 - 15,000 EUR each.
August Sander (18761964) Der Pianist
(Max van de Sandt)
Gelatin silver print, printed 1990
by Gerd Sander
59 x 40,2 cm (23.2 x 15.8 in)
Austrian photography is represented with works by Heinrich Kühn, Rudolf
Koppitz, Trude Fleischmann, Ernst Haas, Erich Lessing and Inge Morath.
International glamour and fashion photography also feature prominently
in this auction with both early classic photographs by the likes of Edward
Steichen and Horst P. Horst, as well as fashion shots by Lillian Bassman,
Jeanloup Sieff, Helmut Newton and David LaChapelle. The later includes
Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow: Burning down the House, Essex
1996 (Lot 185, Estimate: 4,000 - 5,000 EUR).
Fashion photographer Irving Penn, created the most expensive lot of the
auction. Woman in Chicken Hat is a portrait of his wife Lisa
Fonssagrives-Penn, taken in 1949 (Lot 121, Estimate: 50,000 - 60,000 EUR).
It is a rare vintage print from the estate of the Austrian photographer
Roland Pleterski, who was an assistant of Penn and who was close friends
with Penn and his wife.
Irving Penn: (19172009) Woman in Chicken
(Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), New York 1949
print, mounted on original cardboard
42,0 x 39,8 cm (16.5 x 15.7
In addition to Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic photograph VJ
Day Kiss, a large format, signed copy of the image of a sailor locked
in a passionate kiss with a nurse in New York's Times Square on 14 August,
1945. (Estimate: 16,000 - 18,000 EUR), the camera Eisenstaedt used to
capture this moment, a Leica IIIa, is also up for auction in the upcoming
WestLicht Camera Auction on 25 May (Lot 74) with an estimate of 20,000 -
Finally, the auction also has a special focus on classic documentary
photography of Magnum style from the 1950s and 1960s, with vintage prints
by Werner Bishop, Henri-Cartier
Bresson, René Burri, Cornell Capa, Raymond Depardon and Marc
Leica III Mod. F LUXUS 'Karl Henkell'
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles last month, WestLicht Gallery and Viennese
colleague Konzett Gallery made quite an impression at the first edition of
Paris Photo Los Angeles with their
sober presentation of Viennese Actionist Photography. In theory, this
neo-avant-garde phase of Vienna Actionism attempted to rehabilitate human
depiction by emphasizing the political significance of the body. Gunter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Otto
Muehl and Rudolf Schwarzkogler were the artists whose photographs were on
view at the Los Angeles fair.
Konzett Gallery's exhibition
of Otto Muehl's photo edition Oh Sensibility, 1970 was
particularly mesmerizing introducing an element of wry irony to
a showing at Paramount Pictures Studios, as well as reducing the
sensationalist efforts of British and American "bad-boys" a decade or two
later to so much visual minced meat.
For Otto Muehl (b. 1925), the role of the body and its potential for
liberation and sexual emancipation are at the core of his visual world and
practice. It was at this time that Muehl founded the Actions Analytical
Organisation commune (AAO), which lasted until 1991 when he was convicted
and imprisoned in Austria for seven years for drug and sexual
offences against minors. His use or treatment of farm animals during his
action performances also resullted in public outcry. Soon
thereafter though, Otto Muehl participated in the
blockbuster exhibition La Peinture comme crime ou la "part
maudite" de la modernité (2001) [Painting as Crime or The Dark
Side of Modernity] at the Louvre in Paris. Still, while Oh
Sensibility and other photo editions by Muehl and his
colleagues are of serious interest to art scholars and collectors,
social historians and psychiatry, their public display and
marketing remain highly controversial and a rather delicate matter to
navigate for most museums, galleries and art fairs.
8th WestLicht Photography Auction
Friday, 24 May 2013
at 6 pm
Preview from 8 May, daily from 10 am 6 pm
Tel: +43 1 523