Bernd and Hilla Becher - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    A major retrospective of Bernd and Hilla Becher's work is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until 6 November 2022.

  • Literature

    Becher, Anonyme Skulpturen: Eine Typologie technischer Bauten, n.p.
    Schirmer/Mosel, Was wir tun, ist letztlich Geschichten erzählen... Bernd und Hilla Becher. Einführung in Leben und Werk, pl. 44
    Schirmer/Mosel, Bernd & Hilla Becher: Steinwerke und Kalköfen, pl. 7
    Schirmer/Mosel, Bernd & Hilla Becher. Typologien industrieller Bauten, pl. 80

  • 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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Lime Kilns, Alkmaar, Netherlands

Gelatin silver print, mounted.
11 3/4 x 16 in. (29.8 x 40.6 cm)
Signed and dated in ink on the recto.

$8,000 - 12,000 

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs, New York

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 12 October 2022