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

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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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Pipe Detail: Coal Mine, from Independent Curators 15th Anniversary portfolio

Duotone offset lithograph, on Praxiedelmatt paper, with full margins,
I. 15 3/4 x 12 in. (40 x 30.5 cm);
S. 30 3/8 x 22 7/8 in. (77.2 x 58.1 cm)

signed and numbered 66/75 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Independent Curators International, pale mat staining, otherwise in very good condition, unframed.

$800 - 1,000 

Sold for $1,250

Modern and Contemporary Editions

15 Nov 2009
New York