PBA Galleries to auction diverse array of photography and fine art, Jan. 27

Iwao Yamawaki still life, est. $4,000-$6,000

Iwao Yamawaki still life, est. $4,000-$6,000

BERKELEY, Calif. – PBA Galleries‘ January 27 Fine Art & Photography sale comprises more than 325 lots featuring paintings, prints, original photographs, photobooks, artists’ books, posters and works of decorative art. Outstanding individual lots include a Thanksgiving Day mail art broadside sent from Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams to model Marilyn McCorkle; a signed Kathe Kollwitz lithograph; Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis in the sumo edition from Taschen Press; Le Corbusier’s Serie Panurge; original photographs from Nick Brandt and Peter Stackpole and an original oil painting from Bauhaus participant Iwao Yamawaki. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Thanksgiving Day 1965 by Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams is an original multicolor holograph mail art broadside lettered and designed on both sides of a blank orchestra score. It is written in the hands of Ruscha and Williams and signed by them as Masie Bunny and Eddie P (short for Eddie Poo, sometimes Eddie Pooo). This 1960s unique art piece was sent to Marilyn McCorkle, erstwhile model for Ruscha at The Chouinard Institute of Art and friend to both artists. It carries an estimate of $6,000-$9,000.

Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams, ‘Thanksgiving Day 1965,’ est. $6,000-$9,000

Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams, ‘Thanksgiving Day 1965,’ est. $6,000-$9,000

An early oil on canvas still life by Iwao Fujita (later Yamawaki) from 1928 will also be on the block. Fujita was a Japanese artist, photographer and architect, who, in exchange for taking his wife’s family name, was sponsored by his father-in-law to train at the Bauhaus under Josef Albers and Walter Peterhans. After his return to Japan, Yamawaki became a successful architect and is best remembered for designing the interiors of the Japanese pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. The Yamawaki still life is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Ruth Bernhard, ‘In the Box,’ est. $4,000-$6,000

Ruth Bernhard, ‘In the Box,’ est. $4,000-$6,000

Among the highlights of the photography section is Ruth Bernhard’s iconic In the Box. Best known for her photographs of still life and female nude studies, this work is one of her most recognizable. The model photographed in a discarded shipping box results in a sensual, provocative image. The signed photograph is accompanied by Bernhard’s book The Eternal Body: A Collection of Fifty Nudes. The lot is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Other featured lots include a signed lithograph, Zuhorende, by Kathe Kollwitz, estimated at $5,000-$8,000, and two Sumo sized lots from Taschen celebrating the work of Annie Liebovitz (estimated at $4,000-$6,000) and Sebastiao Salgado (estimated at $5,000-$8,000).

For more information about upcoming sales, to schedule a Zoom preview or phone bidding for a future auction, please contact PBA Galleries at 415.989.2665 or pba@pbagalleries.com.

 

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