Bernd and Hilla Becher - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Lange, Bernd and Hilla Becher: Life and Work, pl. 12
    teNeues, Bernd and Hilla Becher: Basic Forms, pl. 3

  • 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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Cooling tower, steelworks, Haspe district, Hagen, Germany

Offset lithograph, printed 2002.
15 7/8 x 13 in. (40.3 x 33 cm)
Signed by both artists and numbered 20/60 in pencil in the margin.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $8,125

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New York Auction 14 October 2020