Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Snapshots from Paris Photo, Part 3

Another exhibition on view during the fair was Primitifs de la photographie. Le calotype en France (1843 - 1860) at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (here). A selection of snapshots can be found below, with artist information underneath. Apparently, the Adalbert Cuvelier prints were particularly outstanding.

Adalbert Cuvelier

Adalbert Cuvelier

Adalbert Cuvelier

Adalbert Cuvelier

Édouard Baldus

Édouard Baldus

Henri Courmont

Eugene Cuvelier

JB Greene

Gustave Le Gray
FE Le Dien

Henri Le Secq

Henri Victor Regnault

Henri Victor Regnault

Louis Vignes

As an aside, while our dedicated correspondent was also eager to take pictures at the Kertész show at the Jeu de Paume (here), the "No Photography" police unfortunately cramped his style.

Snapshots from Paris Photo, Part 2

According to one of my Paris Photo correspondents, the Heinrich Kühn show at the Musée de l'Orangerie (here) was one of the best exhibits on view during the fair. Apparently the gum prints were large and masterful (almost Impressionistic) and the overall installation was terrific. The selection of low light snapshots below gives a flavor of what was on view.

Snapshots from Paris Photo, Part 1

While we weren't able to visit Paris Photo this year, that doesn't mean we weren't dying to know what went on. With the help of a couple of intrepid correspondents armed with their snapshot cameras, we've been able to cobble together a thoroughly random sampler of highlights. From a larger pile of images taken in booths and around the fair, I've edited the group down to the small selection below (caption information is below each image). In the visual overload of an art fair, what catches one person's eye may be overlooked by the next person, so calling this "representative" of what was on display may or may not be entirely accurate. So why these and not others? Who knows, I'm just happy to get a glimpse of the fun.

Jaroslav Rössler at Howard Greenberg

Pierre Dubreuil at Barry Friedman

Baron Adolph de Meyer at Robert Klein

Daido Moriyama at Priska Pasquer

Margaret Watkins at Robert Mann

V. Dijon at Robert Hershkowitz

Ruud van Empel at Flatland

Tina Barney and Lee Friedlander at Janet Borden. For those gallery folks out there who have heard me drone on about the tyranny of the standard white wall, check out the exuberant pink walls in this booth!

A fan in a gorilla suit at the Martin Parr book signing.
Walker Evans at Edwynn Houk

Hamiltons booth

László Moholy-Nagy at Stephen Daiter

Toni Schneiders at Bernheimer

Sze Tsung Leong at Yossi Milo

Phaidon booth

Later this afternoon, I'll be posting Parts 2 and 3 of this series, a similarly eclectic gathering of pictures from some of the photo exhibitions around Paris during the fair.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Auction Results: Photographs, November 26, 2010 @Christie's King Street

The results of Christie's King Street sale of Photographs last week in London were generally fair to middling. The Total Sale Proceeds came in within the estimate range, although nearer the bottom than the top, and the Buy-In rate hovered in the low thirties. Half of the Penn lots on offer failed to find buyers, a somewhat negative surprise in the otherwise frothy market for his work.

The summary statistics are below (all results include the buyer’s premium):

Total Lots: 159
Pre Sale Low Total Estimate: £781600
Pre Sale High Total Estimate: £1141800
Total Lots Sold: 108
Total Lots Bought In: 51
Buy In %: 32.08%
Total Sale Proceeds: £818250

Here is the breakdown (using the Low, Mid, and High definitions from the preview post, here):

Low Total Lots: 105
Low Sold: 73
Low Bought In: 32
Buy In %: 30.48%
Total Low Estimate: £320800
Total Low Sold: £236100

Mid Total Lots: 47
Mid Sold: 31
Mid Bought In: 16
Buy In %: 34.04%
Total Mid Estimate: £506000
Total Mid Sold: £388750

High Total Lots: 7
High Sold: 4
High Bought In: 3
Buy In %: 42.86%
Total High Estimate: £315000
Total High Sold: £193400

The top lot by High estimate was lot 51, Irving Penn, Picasso (B), Cannes, 1957/Later, at £60000-80000; it was also the top outcome of the sale at £58850.

83.339% of the lots that sold had proceeds in or above their estimate. There were a total of eight surprises in these sales (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate):

Lot 3, Chris Killip, Youth on wall, Tyneside, 1976, at £2750 (image at right, middle, via Christie's)
Lot 10, Cecil Beaton, Cherry blossom, early 1950s, at £3250
Lot 34, Sam Haskins, Sunday, early 1960s, at 2500
Lot 40, Peter Beard, Lolindo Lion Charge, 1964, at £23750
Lot 64, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Grand Prix d'ACF, 1912/Later, at £11250
Lot 95, Ellen Von Unwerth, Christy Turlington, New York, 1996, at £10000 (image at right, bottom, via Christie's)
Lot 114, Annie Leibovitz, Alice in Wonderland, Olivier Theyskens and Natalia Vodianova, Paris, 2003, at £8125 (image at right, top, via Christie's)
Lot 151, Shirin Neshat, I am its Secret, 1993, at £10000

Complete lot by lot results can be found here.
8 King Street, St. James's
London SW1Y 6QT

Auctions: Photography, with Contemporary Art, December 2 and 4, 2010 @Lempertz

Kunsthaus Lempertz has both a various owner Photography sale and a Contemporary Art sale that includes photography coming up in Cologne later this week. It's the usual assortment of generally lower end European material, with a selection of works by Polke and the Bechers in the contemporary mix. Overall, there are a total of 217 lots of photography across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of 541600€.
Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including 7500€): 205
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): 354600€

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between 7500€ and 35000€): 12
Total Mid Estimate: 187000€

Total High Lots (high estimate above 35000€): 0
Total High Estimate: NA

The top lot by High estimate is tied between three lots. Each is a group of 4 winding tower prints by Bernd and Hilla Becher (each individual image titled by location): lot 308 from 1966-1973, lot 309 from 1967-1975, and lot 310 from 1966-1973. Each of the lots is estimated at 20000-25000€.

Here's the list of photographers who are represented by four or more lots in the two sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Harry Callahan (4)
Sigmar Polke (4)
Albert Renger-Patzsch (4)
Jan Saudek (4)
Umbo (4)

(Lot 765, Paul Strand, The Barn, Quebec, 1936/1960s, 7500€, at right, top, Lot 844, János Szász, Schulbal - Tanz Im Einklang, 1965, 1500€, at right, middle, and Lot 756, Man Ray, Domaine De Sade II, 1976, 3000-4000€, at right, bottom, all via Lempertz.)

The complete lot by lot online catalogs can be found here (Photography) and here (Contemporary Art).
December 2nd

Contemporary Art
December 4th
Kunsthaus Lempertz
Neumarkt 3
D-50667 Köln