William Christenberry - Photographs London Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
    The Artist's Management Group
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 18 October 2006, lot 36
    Private Collection, USA

  • Literature

    Christenberry Reconstruction: The Art of William Christenberry, Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi, 1996, p. 95

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Young man, there is something about how you use that little camera. It has become a perfect extension of your eye. You know exactly where to stand. And I encourage you to take it seriously." WALKER EVANS

    The modesty of Christenberry’s small-scale Brownie prints, with their soft resolution and rich color, perfectly complements these unpretentious buildings. Most were photographed head-on in that frank, direct way Christenberry shares with both Evans and snapshooters. He is interested in these buildings as social constructions, and in the space around them because architecture becomes an integral part of the landscape. In his work, the relationship between the natural and the man-made world seems in perfect harmony, and the age and decay of most of these structures further softens the distinction between what has been made by man or by God. (T. W. Southall, Of Time & Place: Walker Evans and William Christenberry, University of New Mexico Press, 1990)


Selected Images

Sixteen chromogenic prints, printed 2000-2001.
Each 10 x 12.7 cm (3 7/8 x 5 in)
Each variously signed, titled, dated, numbered and annotated in ink on the verso. Each number 1 from an edition of 9.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £14,375

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London 7 November 2013 4pm