Carrie Mae Weems - Artist | Icon | Inspiration: Women in Photography Presented with Peter Fetterman New York Friday, June 7, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Weems, Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series, p. 24
    The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Carrie Mae Weems, pl. 25
    Yale, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, pl. 6.4

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Long before I picked up a camera I was deeply concerned with the ways in which ¬African-Americans were depicted, and, for the most part, I didn’t like what I saw. So one way of dealing with it was to step in and rethink how black women, more specifically, need to be represented.” Carrie Mae Weems

    Carrie Mae Weems’ acclaimed Kitchen Table Series depicts the life stages and relationships of a female protagonist, played by Weems herself. In these constructed tableaux vivants, Weems uses the table as the anchor for her heroine’s life story; the site at which she embraces her partner, engages with her daughter or sits alone in contemplation. In the present lot, Weems’ character is seated alongside a male counterpart, the scene imbued with the weight and complexity of their relationship as they eye each other over their card game. By embracing the role of both sitter and photographer, Weems powerfully embodies the nuanced representation of African-American women that she found lacking in the public discourse.


Untitled (man smoking) from Kitchen Table Series

Gelatin silver print.
26 7/8 x 26 7/8 in. (68.3 x 68.3 cm)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 'PP1/1' on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the frame. One from an edition of 5 plus 1 artist's proof and 1 printer's proof.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $70,000

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Artist | Icon | Inspiration: Women in Photography Presented with Peter Fetterman

New York Auction 7 June 2019