Santa Monica Auctions announces “Spotlight on Photography”—an auction of contemporary and classic photographs along with photo-based work this Saturday, April 26 beginning at 4 p.m. at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.
Anchoring the catalogue is Irving Penn’s Optician’s Shop Window, New York, 1939 (Printed 1983) gelatin silver print, from the edition of 65, estimated at $20,000/ $25,000 (pictured). “Made at the very beginning of Penn’s career, this photograph is emblematic of his life’s work. At once a still-life and a portrait, even a kind of self-portrait, this modest bit of vernacular advertising is portrayed by Penn simultaneously as a document of folk art and a work of surrealism—then at its apogee,” said photo curator John Szarkowski.
Vintage offerings include an Ansel Adams Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, 1938/1977 estimated at $35,000/$50,000 and two Weegee prints: Stripper in a Dressing Room, 1950, estimated at $4,000/$6,000 and Milwaukee (Woman Knocked Over in a Brawl) from 1948, estimated at $5,000/ $7,000.
An assortment of iconic fashion photographs follow, among them Horst P. Horst’s Lisa With Harp shot on assignment for Vogue in 1939, estimated at $10,000/$12,000 and Lillian Bassman’s stunning gelatin silver print of a Christian Dior corset photographed for Harper’s Bazaar in 1950, estimated at $4,000/ $6,000.
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