Bernd and Hilla Becher - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 13, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sonnabend Gallery, New York; Private Collection

  • Artist Biography

    Bernd and Hilla Becher

    German • Bernd 1931-2007 - Hilla 1934-2015

    Husband and wife Bernd and Hilla Becher began photographing buildings and relics of the Industrial Revolution, such as coal mines and cooling towers, in 1959. Like objective scientists removing a specimen from the field, the Bechers framed their subject in a manner that isolated it from its environment. Often, these stark, beautifully detailed prints were then displayed in grid-like structures, forming stunning 'Typologies'.

    By the time Bernd Becher became a professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in 1976 (policy would not allow Hilla to be a simultaneous appointment), the Bechers' photographs, with their seemingly neutral point of view and serial display, were already being applauded by the international art world as important works of Minimal and Conceptual Art.

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Industrial Landscapes (Blast Furnace Plant): Ensley, Alabama, USA (with cars)

Black and white photograph.
29 5/8 x 36 in. (75.2 x 91.4 cm.)
Signed, titled, dated "Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher 'Industrial Landscapes (Blast Furnace Plant): Ensley, Alabama, USA (with cars)' 1983" and numbered from an edition of five on the reverse. This work is from an edition of five.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $16,250

Contemporary Art Part II

13 May 2011
New York