Ruud van Empel - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • This photograph comes from the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and is being sold to benefit acquisition funds. Photography has been a focus of the museum since its founding in 1961 when Dorothea Lange approached the museum about acquiring her portraits of Western painter Charles Russell. Director Mitchell A. Wilder readily made the acquisition, initiating an active engagement with photography and photographers that continues today. In its history, the museum has pursued ambitious exhibition and publication programs, including Marnie Sandweiss’s groundbreaking Photography in Nineteenth Century America (1991) and John Rohrbach’s definitive Color: American Photography Transformed (2013). It was the Amon Carter Museum that commissioned Richard Avedon to produce the series of portraits exhibited and published in 1985 as In the American West.

    Driven by a succession of dynamic photography curators, the Amon Carter early-on established a robust photography acquisition program, collecting singular masterworks as well as entire archives. The collection now encompasses more than 45,000 exhibition-quality photographs ranging from one of the first photographs created in the United States to works made as recently as this year. It also includes eight artist archives – including those of Laura Gilpin, Carlotta Corpron, Eliot Porter, and Karl Struss – that allow scholars opportunities to delve deeply into the working methods of these seminal photographers.

    • Provenance

      Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
      Private Collection, Texas
      Collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

    • Literature

      Photoworks International BV, Ruud Van Empel: Photoworks, 1995-2010, p. 79
      Hangar PhotoArt International BV, Ruud Van Empel: 25 Years of Photo Works, 1995-2020, pp. 53, 128



Moon #7

Dye destruction print, Diasec mounted.
33 x 23 in. (83.8 x 58.4 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered 3/10 in ink on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

Full Cataloguing

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $7,620

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023