Bernd and Hilla Becher - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, October 17, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sonnabend Gallery, New York

  • 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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Water Tower New York, Broadway/Broom Street

Gelatin silver print.
51 x 62 cm. (20 1/8 x 24 3/8 in).

Signed, titled, numbered of five and dated 'Bernd Becher Hilla Becher WT New York Broadway/Broom Street 1978' on the reverse. This work is from an edition of five.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £8,750

Contemporary Art Day Sale

18 Oct 2008 2pm