Auction HousesMediums 22-09-2017

Sotheby's new photography sale | The highlights

On September 28, Sotheby’s New York will feature its first ever Postwar and Contemporary Photographs sale, with 94 lots including works by artists including Thomas Struth, Matthew Barney and David Hockney, as well as photographs documenting the performances of the likes of Sophie Calle and Helena Almeida.

Following, our highlights from the sale...


Kudzanai Chiurai — REVELATIONS III (2011) — Estimate  $5,000 — $7,000  

The Zimbabwean artist, (1981) whose work explores very pressing issues, ranging from current politics to xenophobia, is one of the past laureates of the FNB Art Prize, given out during Joburg Art Fair. With his series Revelations, Kudzanai Chiurai calls into questions the Western, post-colonial view of Africa — perpetrated by the media — through the journey of a fictional African leader.




This shot by self-defined visual activist Mikhael Subotzky shows a man undergoing an eye test in a squat. Subotzky’s work investigates the structures of social representation, and the artist has already worked on photographs documenting life in South African prisons. His photographs are in the collections of institutions such as MoMA or London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.




Eileen Quinlan — ON THE LINE (2010) — Estimate  $5,000 — $7,000  

A master of abstract photography, Eileen Quinlan (1972) confuses our sense of dimension through her photographs, shot in her studio using constructions of foam, mirrors and other common materials. Quinlan aims to disorient the viewer by intersecting plans, employing smoke or using chromogenic print.


Norman Reedus, EXERCISE YARD OF MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON IN MOSCOW — Estimate  $5,000 — $7,000  

American actor Norman Reedus, (1969) best known for starring in the TV series The Walking Dead, is also among the photographers featured at Sotheby’s new sale. The artist/actor, whose aim is to “reveal the beauty of the grotesque” is auctioning off two works, shot in a high-security prison in Moscow, where he was staying whilst shooting a film with Chris Solimine and Andrei Konchalovsky.




Photos © Sotheby's

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