Richard Misrach - Photographs New York Monday, April 9, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

  • Catalogue Essay

    Richard Misrach has been documenting the American landscape for the past 40 years, using his camera to examine the complex relationship between man and the physical world surrounding him. Engaging with traditional themes of the sublime, the immense beauty of his work simultaneously engulfs his subjects and spectators. In his own words, “paradise has become an uneasy dwelling place; the sublime sea frames our vulnerability, the precarious nature of life itself.” As exemplified in the present lot, the solitary figure camouflaged in ocean blue, floats adrift in a vast and seemingly endless sea, forcing us to reconsider the fragility of our lives amidst looming uncertainties.

  • Artist Biography

    Richard Misrach

    American • 1949

    Known for his ethereal depictions of the American Southwest and stunning use of color, Richard Misrach photographs dramatic land and seascapes, and, more recently, produces breathtakingly complex abstractions. Misrach's work engages with traditional ideas of the sublime landscape, as their immense beauty engulfs both the subjects in his photographs as well as the viewer.

    On the Beach, one of Misrach's most famous series, features spectacular aerial images of the sea and beach that convey both the vulnerability and preciousness of life. One of the most pervasive themes present in his work is the relationship between humans and their environment, depicting our impact on the world through feats of engineering as in his Golden Gate Bridge series, and with his Desert Cantos with nuclear testing in the American desert. 

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Untitled #833-02

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
71 x 110 in. (180.3 x 279.4 cm)
Overall 74 3/4 x 113 3/4 in. (189.9 x 288.9 cm)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 2/5 in ink on a label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $81,250

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New York Auction 9 April 2018