Bernd and Hilla Becher - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace Wildenstein MacGill, New York

  • 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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Winding Towers

Six gelatin silver prints.
15 7/8 x 12 1/4 in. (40.3 x 31.1 cm) each.
Signed and titled with orientation map "WINDING TOWERS 1-6 R Bernd Becher Hilla Becher" on the reverse of the first work and sequentially numbered "2-6" on the reverse of the remaining five works. This work is a unique configuration.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $42,000

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York