Margaret Bourke-White - Photographs New York Thursday, April 8, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Originally in the Collection of Arthur Gray, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Exhibited

    The Arthur Gray Collection, Rachel Davis Fine Arts, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 23 April – 20 May 1994

  • Literature

    Rachel Davis Fine Arts, The Arthur Gray Collection, pl. 99

  • Catalogue Essay

    The image offered here, with its bold abstraction of structure and shadow, demonstrates Bourke-White’s ability to incorporate avant-garde compositional ideas into her commercial and editorial work.

    This photograph comes originally from the collection of artist, photographer, and poet Arthur Smith Gray (1884-1976). Based in Cleveland, Gray was a principal figure in the marketing department of Standard Oil of Ohio from 1929 to 1949, where he redesigned nearly every public-facing aspect of the company, creating a consistent and recognizable brand. It is believed that Gray shared darkroom space with Bourke-White during her formative years in Cleveland in the late 1920s. Bourke-White also produced photographs for Standard Oil during Gray’s tenure. The two remained in contact after Bourke-White moved to New York City.


Study for Birdsall & Ward Nut and Bolt Company

circa 1929
Gelatin silver print.
12 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (32.4 x 22.5 cm)

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $13,860

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New York Auction 8 April 2021