JTF (just the facts): Out of a total of 454 lots in this sale, I counted 96 lots of photography, mostly contemporary works. Here’s the highly eclectic list of photographers represented in the sale (many completely unknown to us):
Carl De Keyzer
Eadward Muybridge (what’s he doing in here?)
Michael James O’Brien
Celine Van Balen
Bettina Von Zweil
Comments/Context: Saturday @Phillips is an intentionally mixed bag sale designed for newer/entry level collectors (I think). This sale has everything from contemporary paintings and prints to Japanese action figures and toys, with furniture, watches, and jewelry thrown in for good measure. Nearly all of the lots are low priced, so these sales can be a place to pick up a bargain or take a chance on something without breaking the bank.
- Frank Breuer, Untitled, 2002: Frank Breuer was a student of the Bechers I believe. We have seen some of his recent work (telephone poles) and I like this image of cargo containers.
- Wilhelm Schurmann, Genk, Belgium, 1978: This work is reminiscent of other 1970’s industrial/topographic photography. We’re not familiar with the photographer, but the image is strong.
- James Welling, Glessner House Service Entrance, Chicago, Illinois, 1885-87, 1988: This is earlier architectural work by Welling, reminiscent of Szarkowski’s Louis Sullivan pictures. He has done some recent florals that are also of interest to us.
Saturday @ Phillips
September 6, 2008
Phillips De Pury & Company
London, SW1P 1BB