Bernd and Hilla Becher - Photographs New York Thursday, April 8, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery Inc., Portland, Oregon

  • Literature

    Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, p. 20

  • 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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Fachwerkhäuser, Siegener Industriegebiet (Framework Houses, Industrial District of Siegen) 1959–1973

Munich and New York: Edition Schellmann and Sonnabend Sundell Editions, 1993. The complete set of 12 duotone offset prints, with the original cloth-bound portfolio.
Each 15 7/8 x 12 1/8 in. (40.4 x 30.8 cm)
Each signed by both artists, numbered and annotated consecutively from 'I' to 'XII’ in pencil on the reverse and numbered on the colophon page. Number 24 from an edition of 50 plus 10 artist’s proofs.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $30,240

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New York Auction 8 April 2021