Adam Fuss - Photographs Evening Sale New York Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | Phillips
  • Catalogue Essay

    “One doesn’t have complete control over the individual [photogram] in the way one steps back. The force that makes the picture, the actual construction of the picture is not made by the hand, it is made by the law of nature; the form that nature takes. But one creates the situation that allows [it] to take place… I like the aesthetic of me not being there, of [there] being no helm, of the looking like there is no one there.”—Adam Fuss

    Adam Fuss’s large-scale photographs of water droplets, silhouetted gowns and, as seen in the present lot, animal intestines, are celebrated for his uniquely beautiful and contemporary approach to camera-less photography. Working in the tradition of icons of the medium, most famously including Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy, Fuss creates unique photograms by placing objects on photo-sensitive paper and then exposing them to light, resulting in images which reveal the spiritual essence of the objects without the details of straight photographic representation. Indeed, as seen in the present lot, through his process Fuss transforms an animal’s entrails, an otherwise unsolicited sight, into a magnificent representation of form and color, breathing new life into his unorthodox and unexpected subject.

    Please note that the artist states that this work may be installed vertically or horizontally.



Dye destruction photogram.
87 1/4 x 46 in. (221.6 x 116.8 cm)
Signed on the verso; signed in blue wax pencil, printed title and date on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $43,750

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Photographs Evening Sale

New York 1 April 2015 6pm