Walker Evans - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    From the artist to Bobbi Carrey, 1974
    Sotheby's, New York, 8 April 2008, lot 176

  • Literature

    Harper & Row, Walker Evans: First and Last, p. 70
    Da Capo Press, Walker Evans: Photographs for the Farm Security Administration Collection in the Library of Congress, 1935-1938, pl. 379
    Harry N. Abrams, Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye, pl. 89
    Keller, Walker Evans: The Getty Museum Collection, pl. 527
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Evans, pl. 65
    The Museum of Modern Art, Walker Evans: American Photographs, pl. 34
    for all, a variant crop

  • Catalogue Essay

    Lots 101 through 135 feature Property of a Chicago Collector. Offering a wide historical range from the classic to the contemporary, these 35 lots touch upon defining moments across 100 years of photography, including some of the most revered names in the field, from Eugène Atget to Vik Muniz. Other photographers in the selection whose indelible contributions to the field continue to resonate include André Kertész, Lewis Hine, Maurice Tabard, Louis Faurer and Dorothea Lange, thereby also demonstrating the geographic breadth of the collection. Additionally, with a particular emphasis on the era between the wars, this selection also reflects the incredible diversity in genres—from landscapes to street photography and appropriation—within the field of photographs. Collectively, the works pay homage to the medium while also hinting at the many exciting, endless permutations laying ahead.

    During the summer of 1974, a young photographer by the name of Bobbi Carrey assisted Walker Evans with organizing his photographic libraries. They developed a close relationship, and in exchange for part of her work, Evans gifted Carrey with his photographs.



Minstrel Showbill, Alabama

Gelatin silver print, printed 1960s.
19 x 14 7/8 in. (48.3 x 37.8 cm)

$5,000 - 7,000 

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2 October 2012
New York