Photography by women comes into focus at LAMA March 8

Diane Arbus, 'Tattooed Man at a Carnival, MD,' estimated at $10,000-$15,000 at LAMA.

VAN NUYS, Calif. — A 201-lot sale of Photographs at Los Angeles Modern Auctions showcases some of the leading women in the world of 20th-century photographic art. Scheduled for Friday, March 8, the catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Nan Goldin (b. 1953-) is an award-winning American photographer whose career has focused on LGBTQ+ subject matter and the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and beyond. She also works extensively in fashion photography. Hair is from 2011 and is numbered 2 from an edition of 3. The print is also notated Paris, likely the source of the images in the collage. It is estimated at $25,000-$35,000.

The self-portraits of Cindy Sherman (b. 1954-) sees the photographer donning costumes and makeup and portraying all sorts of people, such as a B-movie actress or a world traveler. Untitled (Under the WTC) is from 1980 but the print, numbered 63 of 100, was made in 2001. It carries an estimate of $15,000-$20,000.

One of the most important and influential photographers of the 20th century was Diane Arbus (1923-1971). Her life’s work was capturing outsiders in their element — carnival workers, sex workers, transvestites, nudists, even parents with children — and always with a sympathetic eye. Much copied, Arbus today remains a powerful influence on successive generations of photographers.

Taken in 1970, a year prior to her death by suicide, Tattooed Man at a Carnival, MD is quintessential Arbus, with excellent use of light and forced perspective. The print presented here was made later by Neil Selkirk, and is numbered 46 from an edition of 75. It bears the Arbus copyright stamp and is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

A Flower Girl at a Wedding, Conn. is from 1964 and as before, this is a later print issued with the Arbus stamp by Selkirk. It is similarly estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Diane Arbus, Ansel Adams and Fritz Bultman are the focus of Brunk’s Oct. 20 sale

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol and Fritz Bultman are the headliners at Brunk AuctionsPhotography | Modern Art + Design sale on Friday, October 20. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale’s top lot is a large painting by Fritz Bultman (1919-1985), an abstract expressionist originally from New Orleans. The Ancestress, dating to 1954, measures 72.25 by 35.75in and was originally displayed in an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1955. Consigned from a private collection, the piece is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

Atop the photography category is the Ansel Adams (1902-1984) signed and framed print Yosemite Valley Thunderstorm. The famed landscape photographer and environmentalist has a large body of work devoted to Yosemite, including this image dated to 1945.  The lot comes from a private South Carolina estate with an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.

There are few 20th-century photographers who had more impact than Diane Arbus (1923-1971). Her focus on the strange, different and often mundane was never exploitive, but instead sympathetic and celebratory of her subject matter. In The Junior Interstate Ballroom Dance Champions, Yonkers, New York, 1962, we have a classic Arbus shot — two child dancers posing in front of their trophies in a wood-floor gymnasium. The print previously sold at Christie’s in 1997 for $2,530, and now carries an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.

The sale also includes six works by Gordon Onslow-Ford (1912-2003), an English surrealist who lived long enough to become the final surviving member of the 1930s Paris surrealist group headed by André Breton. Live Land I, from 1939, was painted at the Chateau de Chemillieu in Switzerland where Onslow-Ford, his sister Elizabeth, and the group of surrealists, including Breton, had gathered that summer. The painting comes by descent from Elizabeth Onslow-Ford, and is estimated at $12,000-$18,000.
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Diane Arbus, ‘The Junior Interstate Ballroom Dance Champions, Yonkers, New York, 1962,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000 at Brunk Auctions.
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Ansel Adams, ‘Yosemite Valley Thunderstorm,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000 at Brunk Auctions.
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Fritz Bultman, ‘The Ancestress,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Brunk Auctions.
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Gordon Onslow-Ford, ‘Live Land I,’ estimated at $12,000-$18,000 at Brunk Auctions.
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Andy Warhol, ‘Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) (F. & S. II.356),’ from the 1985 Ads portfolio, estimated at $25,000-$35,000 at Brunk Auctions.
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Diane Arbus: a master in the art of street photography

A Diane Arbus photograph of a couple sitting on a bench earned €13,000 (about $14,094) plus the buyer’s premium in June 2022. Image courtesy of OstLicht Photo Auction and LiveAuctioneers.
A Diane Arbus photograph of a couple sitting on a bench earned €13,000 (about $14,094) plus the buyer’s premium in June 2022. Image courtesy of OstLicht Photo Auction and LiveAuctioneers.

A Diane Arbus photograph of a couple sitting on a bench earned €13,000 (about $14,094) plus the buyer’s premium in June 2022. Image courtesy of OstLicht Photo Auction and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Eager to escape the constraints and self-perceived embarrassments of growing up in an affluent family, Diane Arbus (nee Nemerov) married at the age of 18. She was introduced to photography by her husband Allan Arbus, a photographer for the US Army Signal Corps. Early in their marriage, the couple became involved in fashion photography.

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Great images captured in Gravures & Heliogravures sale, Feb. 22

Diane Arbus, ‘A castle in Disneyland, California,’ est. $100-$120
Diane Arbus, ‘A castle in Disneyland, California,’ est. $100-$120
Diane Arbus, ‘A castle in Disneyland, California,’ est. $100-$120

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, February 22, starting at 11 am Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a sale of Gravures and Heliogravures. the auction consists of just 74 lots but includes some of the greatest names and images in photography. Several photographs by Diane Arbus are featured, among them a brooding night shot of Disneyland Castle in California; several by Henri Cartier-Bresson, including a compelling shot of a cell in a model prison in the United States; and photographs by Margaret Bourke-White, Tina Modotti, Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Eadweard Muybridge, Erwin Blumenfeld and Lewis Hine. The Man Ray offerings include his iconic 1924 work Le Violon d’Ingres (The Violin of Ingres); Helmut Newton is represented by his masterpiece Big Nude III, Henrietta, Paris, 1980; and Robert Doisneau’s contribution is his 1950 black-and-white Le Baiser de l’hotel de ville (The Kiss by the Hotel de Ville). Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gallery Report: Honus Wagner baseball card slams in a record $6.6M

ATLANTA – At the beginning of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall delivers top auction highlights from around the United States and the world at large. Here’s his September 2021 edition of Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

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Swann’s LGBTQ+ auction sets records in several categories

Diane Arbus, ‘Two Men Dancing at the Drag Ball, NYC,’ silver print, 1970, printed 1972. Sold for $50,000, a record for the print.
Diane Arbus, ‘Two Men Dancing at the Drag Ball, NYC,’ silver print, 1970, printed 1972. Sold for $50,000, a record for the print.
Diane Arbus, ‘Two Men Dancing at the Drag Ball, NYC,’ sold for $50,000, a record for the print.

NEW YORK — Swann‘s third annual auction of LGBTQ+ Art, Material Culture & History was an unmitigated success, from the limited exhibition, which had the highest attendance of any of the house’s exhibitions in 18 months, to the truly spirited and competitive bidding. Records were set in many different categories: art, photography, posters and ephemera. “Perhaps most heartening were the outstanding results achieved for artists whose work had not previously or only infrequently appeared at auction,” said Swann Galleries President Nicholas D. Lowry about the August 19 sale, which earned $1.3 million.

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Swann to hold third annual LGTBQ+ auction Aug. 19

Third World Gay Revolution, pair of circa-1970 revolutionary greeting cards, est. $500-$750
Third World Gay Revolution, pair of circa-1970 revolutionary greeting cards, est. $500-$750
Third World Gay Revolution, pair of circa-1970 revolutionary greeting cards, est. $500-$750

NEW YORK — Swann Galleries’ third annual auction dedicated to the art, material culture, and history of the LGBTQ+ community will be held on August 19, bringing to market both familiar artists as well as fresh, unusual and infrequently seen material. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Vintage gravures grab attention in June 15 auction

Diane Arbus, ‘Backwards Man in his hotel room, N.Y.C. 1961,’ estimated at $400-$500
Diane Arbus, ‘Backwards Man in his hotel room, N.Y.C. 1961,’ estimated at $400-$500
Diane Arbus, ‘Backwards Man in his hotel room, N.Y.C. 1961,’ estimated at $400-$500

NEW YORK – A gravure is the product of the process of printing from an intaglio plate; photogravure is a form of photoengraving, relying on plates or cylinders to reproduce the image. A June 15 Jasper52 sale of Vintage Gravures, which begins at 4 pm Eastern time, offers 150 lots of images by great photographers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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