Herb Ritts - Photographs Evening & Day New York Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Bulfinch Press, Herb Ritts: Work, n.p.
    Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Herb Ritts, n.p.
    High Museum of Art, Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir. Elton John Collection, p. 193
    Martineau, Herb Ritts: L.A. Style, cover and pl. 1
    Rizzoli, Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour, A Photographer’s Life and His World, p. 16

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I like large planes and spaces, areas of texture and light, like deserts or oceans or monumental places."
    Herb Ritts

    Iconic fashion photographer Herb Ritts created the breathtakingly dramatic Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990 for a Versace campaign featuring supermodel Christy Turlington. Fanned by a divine halo of black silk, Ritts captures Turlington statuesquely posed on the El Mirage Dry Lakebed, an arid landscape whose flat plane could easily be the edge of the world. Ritt’s stunning image marries the earthly elemental and exacting abstraction —conjuring wind, light, and earth, while pushing high contrast and flattening sumptuous forms, revealing beauty’s mirage on the empty desert plane.


Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage

Gelatin silver print.
53 7/8 x 42 7/8 in. (137 x 108.9 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 6/12 in pencil on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 12 plus 3 artist's proofs.
The edition of 12 plus 3 artist’s proofs was not fully realized.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $112,500

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016