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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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Hochofen; and Ilsede/Hannover (Blast-furnace; and Ilsede/Hannover), from Sequence portfolio

1998
Two offset lithographs, on wove paper, with full margins.
both I. 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (32.4 x 24.8 cm)
both S. 19 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (49.5 x 40 cm)

Signed by both artist's and numbered 47/60 in pencil (there were also 12 artist's proofs), published by Edition Schellmann, New York, München, both framed.

Estimate
$1,500 - 2,500 

Sold for $2,750

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New York Auction 17 October 2018