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  • 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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Property from a Corporate Art Collection, Nashville, Tennessee

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Walls and Conduits

1991
The complete set of 12 Duotone lithographs, on photo paper, with full margins,
all I. 15 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. (40 x 30.2 cm)
all S. 24 3/4 x 19 1/2 in. (62.9 x 49.5 cm)

all signed, annotated sequentially in Roman numerals and numbered 25/100 in pencil on the reverse, published by Sonnabend Sundell Editions, New York, all framed.

Estimate
$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,875

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New York Auctions 21 April 2015