Walker Evans - Photographs New York Monday, April 4, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by Tom Bergen, 1974
    To the present Private Collection, London, 1976

  • Literature

    Da Capo Press, Walker Evans: Photographs for the Farm Security Administration 1935-1938, pl. 375-376, variants, there titled Office Building, Vicinity Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1974, George Rinhart and Tom Bergen approached Walker Evans and purchased from him the contents of his studio, including thousands of prints made throughout his impressive career. While the bulk of Evans prints to appear on the market were sold by Harry Lunn (who had purchased his extensive holdings from Rinhart and Bergen in 1975), this print was purchased directly from Bergen in 1976 and has remained in the same collection ever since. This exceptionally beautiful print highlights Evans’ incredible skill in transforming vernacular scenes into enduring works of art.

    The stamp that appears on the verso is an Estate stamp commonly referred to as the Lunn Gallery stamp; however, according to Judith Keller in Walker Evans: The Getty Museum Collection, it was Rinhart, in fact, who produced the stamp.


Tuscaloosa Wrecking Company, Alabama

Gelatin silver print, probably printed 1960s.
7 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (20.1 x 25 cm)
Lunn Archive stamp with numbers ‘II’, ‘104’ in pencil on the verso.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,250

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New York Auction 4 April 2016