Carrie Mae Weems - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    PPOW, New York

  • Literature

    Kirsh and Sterling, Carrie Mae Weems, pl. 2
    Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, pl. 1.7

  • Catalogue Essay

    While working towards her BFA from the California Institute of Art in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Carrie Mae Weems began taking documentary-style photographs of her extended family. The images, which would became Family Pictures and Stories -- her first comprehensive body of work – depicted the realities of their lives: moments of hardships and joy in equal measure. In Mom at Work, Weems captured her mother, Carrie Polke, in a moment of laughter while at her factory job. Other images in the series show her seated on her father’s lap and a large family reunion, a collective portrait which poignantly contested the narrative of the fractured Black family.


Mom at Work from Family Pictures and Stories

Gelatin silver print.
24 x 36 1/4 in. (61 x 92.1 cm)
Printed title, date and number 3/10 on a gallery label affixed to the frame backing.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $6,930

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 6 April 2022