Alma Lavenson - Passion & Humanity: The Susie Tompkins Buell Collection New York Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of Alma Lavenson
    Albert and Paul Wahrhaftig, sons of Alma Lavenson
    Susan Ehrens, Berkeley, 1989
    Page Imageworks, San Francisco, as agent

  • Exhibited

    Collected, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, 2 May 2016 - 31 January 2017

  • Literature

    Pier 24 Photography, Collected, p. 106 (this print)
    Ehrens, Alma Lavenson: Photographs, cover and p. 87
    Fuller, Alma Lavenson, p. 1

  • Catalogue Essay

    Like her friend Consuelo Kanaga, whose portrait by Lavenson appears as lot 18, Alma Lavenson was not officially a member of Group f.64, but was included in the group’s landmark exhibition at San Francisco’s de Young Museum in 1932. Self-taught, and at first a Pictorialist, she went on to become an important proponent of American Modernism.


Self Portrait

Gelatin silver print, printed 1980s.
7 x 9 3/8 in. (17.8 x 23.8 cm)
Signed, titled and annotated ‘32/68’ in pencil on the verso.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $10,000

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Passion & Humanity: The Susie Tompkins Buell Collection

New York Auction 4 April 2019