Andreas Gursky, Sans Titre, 2006
The past 2 days have been quite busy for Sotheby’s France, with major sales going on. If the atmosphere for the Photography sale that I attended Friday was quite exciting, it seems that the Man Ray sale of Saturday was a definite success too.
These 2 sales come as a highlight of an important year for Paris as the capital of Photography, which could be reflected by some remarkable exhibitions in 2014 – led by Henri Cartier-Bresson at
the Pompidou Centre and Robert Mapplethorpe at the Grand Palais and Musée
Robert Doisneau, Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville, 1950
William Klein, Hat + 5 roses, 2012 print
from 19th century vintage prints to contemporary photographs, the Photography sale on November 14th caught all my attention, with some iconic 20th century images in a section devoted
to humanist photography, including prints by Henri-Cartier Bresson, Willy Ronis, Robert Doisneau and
Edouard Boubat, with a rare vintage print of his
superb 1951 Self-Portrait with Lella taken in the mirror.
William Klein and Irving Penn, that I fell in love with at the Palazzo Grassi “Resonance” exhibition I saw in Venice (exhibition until January 2015).
exceptional, unpublished Andreas Gursky Untitled (2006). True to Gursky’s traditional iconography, it shows a series of perfume-bottles reproduced ad infinitum: a dizzying metaphor for seduction reduced to the status of
consumer goods. Estimated at €160,000, it was sold for an impressive €409.500: the highest price for an auctioned photography in Paris this year.