Bernd and Hilla Becher - Contemporary Art Day London Friday, February 12, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artists

  • Exhibited

    XLIV Esposizione Internationale D’Arte La Biennale di Venezia, 27 May – 30 September 1990; Bernd & Hilla Becher: Typologies (another from the edition exhibited): Cologne, Kölnischer Kunstverein, 4 November – 23 December 1990; Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, 7 February – 17 March 1991; Ohio, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, 12 April – 31 May 1991

  • Literature

    Schirmer/Mosel, eds., Bussman, K., Bernd & Hilla Becher : Typologies, Munich, 1990, p.4 (another from the edition illustrated); Exhibition catalogue, Waddington Galleries, Objective Spaces: Photographers from Germany, London, 2003, no. 3 (illustrated)

  • 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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Haus, Dortmund-Marten, Ruhrgebiet

Gelatin silver print.
62 x 50.5 cm (24 3/8 x 19 7/8 in).
Signed, titled, numbered of five and dated 'Bernd Becher / Hilla Becher 'HAUS DORTMUND-MARTEN RUHRGEBIET PHOTO 1979' on the reverse. This work is from an edition of five.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £12,500

Contemporary Art Day

13 Feb 2010