Helmut Newton - Photographs New York Monday, July 13, 2020 | Phillips
  • Artist Biography

    Helmut Newton

    German • 1920 - 2004

    Helmut Newton's distinct style of eroticism and highly produced images was deemed rebellious and revolutionary in its time, as he turned the expected notion of beauty, depicted by passive and submissive women, on its head. Depicting his models as strong and powerful women, Newton reversed gender stereotypes and examined society's understanding of female desire.

    Newton created a working space for his models that was part decadent and part unorthodox — a safe microcosm in which fantasies became reality. And perhaps most famously of all, Newton engendered an environment in which his female models claimed the space around them with unapologetic poise and commanding sensuality. His almost cinematic compositions provided a hyper-real backdrop for the provocative images of sculptural, larger-than-life women, and enhanced the themes of voyeurism and fetishism that run throughout his work.

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Monte Carlo: Taschen, 1999. Oversized photography book with original metal stand designed by Philippe Starck.
Book: 27 7/8 x 20 1/8 x 3 in. (70.8 x 51.1 x 7.6 cm)
Stand: 30 x 22 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 x 55.9 cm)

Signed in blue crayon and stamp numbered 01777 of 10,000 on the title page; the stand embossed 'STARCK' and 'HELMUT NEWTON.'

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $6,250

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New York Auction 13 July 2020