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Lambertville, NJ, United States
DoneSat, May 19, 2007 1:00 PM GMT

Photographs from the Estate of Joshua Smith

On Saturday, May 19th, 2007 at 10:00 AM, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will proudly offer Photographs from the Estate of Joshua P. Smith. This is a no-reserve sale. Joshua Smith was a passionate collector and well-known curator of contemporary photography. He was drawn to work that was formally, conceptually and emotionally challenging and endlessly curious about new developments in art. Smith had great affinity for the experimental, forward-thinking photographers of the 1980s. His collection of these photos was shown at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art in "The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980s," which Smith also curated with Merry Foresta. A number of works by these artists are represented in this sale, including a delicate, manipulated image from Joan Foncuberta; one of James Casabere's object deconstructions; a triptych of vehicles on a city street from Jan Groover; and Oliver Boberg's "wasteland chic" reconstruction of a modernist streetfront. Other gifted photographers of this period that will be sold in the auction are Gwen Atkin and Allan Ludwig, Barbara Ess, Yuki Onodera, Zeke Berman and Lorie Novak. Also included are works by Allan McCollum, John Baldessari, Harold Edgerton, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Abelardo Morrell, Richard Misrach, Clegg & Guttman, Edward Weston and many others.