Michael Dweck - Photographs London Friday, October 25, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Michael Dweck: Mermaids, New York: Ditch Plains, 2008, cover (detail)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Shot at night off the shores of Amagansett in Long Island, Michael Dweck’s Mermaids series explores visual impressions and abstractions of form. Using the analogue process, Dweck captures the subtleties in tonal range of the refracting light and swirl of movement in the water, creating an atmospheric realm in his images. Dweck’s almost impressionistic tableau of an ethereal muse, offered here, draws our attention to ideas of natural beauty.

    Dweck’s narrative photography explores struggles between identity and adaptation in imperilled societal enclaves. His profound sense of place and community informs his work which is thus usually situated in a vivid geographic and social context. The New York-based artist and filmmaker has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Gold Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 1998, and two of his long-form television pieces are held in collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Mermaid 1, Amagansett

Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted.
137.2 x 172.7 cm (54 x 68 in.)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/1 in ink on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

£30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £25,000

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London Auction 25 October 2019