VAN NUYS, Calif. – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is proud to announce the addition of photographs to its roster of auction categories, with the first sale set to take place Wednesday, August 2. This dedicated auction expands on LAMA’s success with photographs and photography-based works, offering a larger breadth of material across time periods and genres. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The inaugural Photographs auction features nearly 200 lots, ranging from the birth of the art form, with Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion, Plate 733, estimated at $800-$1,000; to contemporary works such as Alex Prager’s diptych titled 4:01 PM, Sun Valley And Eye #3 (House Fire), from the Compulsion series, estimated at $7,000-$9,000. A wide range of genres are represented in both black and white and color, including still life, landscape, documentary and portraiture, with works from masters of the discipline from the early 20th century to today, including Eugene Atget, Berenice Abbot, Weegee, Robert Capa, Barbara Morgan, Ansel Adams, Irving Penn, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Burtynsky, Sebastiao Salgado, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Carrie Mae Weems.
A particularly strong selection of black and white photography leads the August 2 auction. Highlights include Barbara Morgan’s iconic image of dancer Martha Graham, known as Martha Graham – Letter to the World (Kick), estimated at $4,000-$6,000; Irving Penn’s platinum-palladium print Cigarette No. 37, New York, estimated at $20,000-$30,000; Imogen Cunningham’s intimate 1957 gelatin silver print The Unmade Bed, estimated at $7,000-$9,000; and Richard Avedon’s charming, luxe Suzy Parker and Gardner MacKay, Dress by Balmain, Cafe de Beaux-Arts, Paris, which has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. Several works from documentary photographers Weegee, Aaron Siskind and Max Yavno are featured, as well as Robert Capa’s famed Death of a Loyalist Militiaman near Espejo, Cordoba Front, Spain, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and multiple works of portraiture by Robert Mapplethorpe.
The many contemporary works included in the auction represent the evolution of photography as an art form and its myriad adaptations for use within contemporary art practice. Highlights include Shirin Neshat’s 1993 C-print I am its Secret from the Women of Allah series, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; Edward Burtynsky’s Three Gorges Dam Project, Feng Jie #7, Yangtze River, China, estimated at $5,000-$7,000; and Vanessa Beecroft’s series VB 09: Ein Blonder Traum, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
“We’re very pleased to be expanding our offerings to include an auction exclusively dedicated to photographs,” said CEO Richard Wright, “It’s an exciting first for our company.”
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