Bernd and Hilla Becher - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, September 21, 2023 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, p. 22
    Ars Publicata, Bernd & Hilla Becher Editions, 2006.02

  • 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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Industriehallen (Industrial Facades)

Digital pigment print (Ditone), on photo paper, with full margins.
I. 70.3 x 74.1 cm (27 5/8 x 29 1/8 in.)
S. 90.4 x 93.3 cm (35 5/8 x 36 3/4 in.)

Signed and numbered 39/40 in pencil on the reverse (there were also 8 artist's proofs), published by Edition Schellmann, Munich, framed.

£3,000 - 5,000 ‡♠

Sold for £3,556

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 - 22 September 2023