Helmut Newton - Photographs London Monday, November 17, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University
    Christie's, New York, 15 April 2010, lot 361

  • Literature

    Helmut Newton: Mode et Portraits, exh. cat., Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1984, pls. 10, 11, 19
    Portraits, Helmut Newton, London: National Portrait Gallery, 1988, cover, pls. 18, 21, 37
    H. Newton, Sleepless Nights, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1991, pp. 29, 37, 43, 67, 125, 136-137
    D. Faccioli, C. Marra, Helmut Newton, V.I.P. Very Important Portraits, Milan: Photology, 1992, pp. 31, 63
    Helmut Newton: Aus dem Photographischen Werk, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1993, pls, 39, 78, 101
    C. Squiers, Helmut Newton, Portraits, Photographs from Europe and America, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1993, pls. 26, 32, 49, 56
    M. Heiting, ed., Helmut Newton: Work, Cologne: Taschen, 2000, pp. 95, 100

  • Catalogue Essay

    Titles include: At Karl Lagerfeld’s, Paris, 1974; Mannequins, Quai d’Orsay, Paris, 1977; 16th Arrondissement, Paris, 1976; Paloma Picasso, Saint-Tropez, 1973; Berlin Nude, 1977; Andy Warhol in Paris, 1977; Charlotte Rampling, Arles, 1973; Patti Hansen over Manhattan, 1977; Model and Meccano Set, Paris, 1976; Winnie off the coast of Cannes, 1975; Mercedes at Home, Paris, 1975; David Hockney, Piscine Royale, Paris, 1975; Roselyne in Arcangues, 1975; Lisa in Saint-Tropez, 1975; Rue Aubriot, Paris, 1975

    "I have always avoided photographing in the studio. A woman does not spend her life sitting or standing in front of a seamless white paper background. Although it makes my life more complicated, I prefer to take my camera out into public and private places, places often inaccessible to anyone but the rich. And places that are out of bounds for photographers have always had a special attraction for me."

    Helmut Newton

  • 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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Fifteen Photographs

New York: DEP Editions, Inc., 1980. Fifteen gelatin silver prints.
Each approximately 31.4 x 21 cm (12 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.) or the reverse.
Each signed, titled and dated in pencil on the verso. One from an edition of 40. Contained in a linen clamshell portfolio case.

£40,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £60,000

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London 18 November 2014