Bernd and Hilla Becher - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 15, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Wiesenstrasse 35, Siegen, 1970; Tränkestrasse 3, Haiger-Seelbach, 1972; Resdorfstrasse 5, Salchendorf, 1959; Rensdorfstrasse 13, Salchendorf, 1960; Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse 1, Niederfischbach, 1962; Mausbachstrasse 60, Mausbach, 1967; Heuslingstrasse 342, Oberheuslingen, 1970; Hagener Strasse 37, Wilnsdorf, 1970; Auf der Hütte 45, Gosenbach, 1961; Holzhäuser Strasse 25, Allendorf 1973; Löcherbacherweg 6, Plittershagen, 1970 and Oststrasse 16, Freudenberg, 1971.

  • 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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Frachwerkhauser, Siegener Industriegebiet (Framework Houses: Industrial District of Siegen portfolio)

The complete set of twelve duotone offset prints, on Ikonorex 350g paper, with full margins,
27 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (69.9 x 56.5 cm)
all signed and numbered 29/50 in pencil on the reverse (there were also 10 artist's proofs), co-published by Sonnabend-Sundell Editions, New York and Edition Schellmann, Cologne and New York, all with pale time staining, one with a scuff at the upper margin corner and a pale stain at the lower right corner, one with an area of staining on the reverse, otherwise all in very good condition, loose, contained in original gray linen-covered portfolio box.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $10,625

Modern and Contemporary Editions

15 Nov 2009
New York