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Lillian Bassman
Lillian Bassman (American, 1917-2012):
THE COST OF LIVING, BARBARA MULLEN, DRESS BY OMAR KIAM FOR BEN REIG, NEW YORK, 1950
Platinum print, 30 x 24 inches. Printed c. 2007. Reinterpreted 1994. Print number 10 from an edition on 15.
Signed and editioned, in pencil, on verso. Illustrated: Lillian Bassman, (New York: Bulfinch/Little, Brown and Company, 1997), pl. 35;
Lillian Bassman: Women, (New York: Abrams, 2009), p. 32. [LBP.008.10]
© Lillian Bassman Estate, Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery

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Lillian Bassman

(American, 1917-2012)

Exhibition: 12 May – 15 Jul 2016

Thu 12 May 18:00 - 20:00

Edwynn Houk Gallery

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NY 10151 New York

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Lillian Bassman
Lillian Bassman (American, 1917-2012):
"NIGHT BLOOM," HAT BY CHRISTIAN LACROIX HAUTE COUTURE, OLGA PANTUSHENKOVA, PARIS
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, 31 MARCH 1996
Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches. Artist's Proof 1/5 from an edition of 25. Signed and editioned, in pencil, on verso.
Illustrated: Lillian Bassman, (New York: Bulfinch/Little, Brown and Company, 1997), pl. 66. [LBM.B1.066.1620.AP1]
© Lillian Bassman Estate, Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery

Lillian Bassman
(American, 1917-2012)


12 MAY - 15 JULY 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, 12 MAY 6PM-8PM

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to announce its exclusive representation of the Estate of Lillian Bassman and its first exhibition of the artist’s photographs. On view 12 May – 8 July, the show will feature more than 30 photographs tracing the legendary fashion photographer’s stylistic development from early vintage prints to her reinterpreted prints made in the 1990s.

A seminal figure in the history of fashion photography, Lillian Bassman’s photographs appeared on the pages of Harper’s Bazaar from the 1940s through the 1960s. She trained and worked under famed art director Alexey Brodovitch, eventually becoming art director of Junior Bazaar in 1945, until the magazine’s closing in 1948. While working as art director, Bassman regularly hired photographers such as Richard Avedon, Arnold Newman, and Robert Frank. By 1946, Bassman began taking her own photographs and swiftly transitioned from art director to fashion photographer. Her first photograph was published in Bazaar in 1946 and her first editorial story in 1948.

Lillian Bassman
Lillian Bassman (American, 1917-2012):
GOLDEN FOX, BLUE FOX, MARILYN AMBROSE, BOA BY FREDERICA, NEW YORK, HARPER'S BAZAAR, NOVEMBER 1954
Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches. Reinterpreted 1994. Print number 6 from an edition of 25. Signed and editioned, in pencil, on verso. Illustrated: Lillian Bassman, (New York: Bulfinch/Little, Brown and Company, 1997), pl. 46; Lillian Bassman: Women, (New York: Abrams, 2009), p. 66. [LBM.B1.046.1620.6]
© Lillian Bassman Estate, Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery

Known for blurred silhouettes, exaggerated gestures, and unusual compositions, Bassman's photographs illustrate the mystery and glamour of the modern woman. Transforming her images with bleaching and toning techniques in the darkroom, she introduced a new aesthetic and revolutionized fashion photography.

In the early 1970s, disillusioned by the state of the commercial world of fashion photography, Bassman left the industry and destroyed most of her negatives and prints. Twenty years later, she discovered a box of negatives and began re-interpreting them. Using the darkroom, and later the computer, she would change the original framing, accentuate contrast and blurriness and retouch the background. These singular images led to a renewed interest in her work among editors, curators, and collectors.

Born in 1917 in Brooklyn, Lillian Bassman worked as an artist's model, a textile designer, and a fashion illustrator before joining Harper's Bazaar in 1941. She lived and worked in New York until her death in 2012. Solo exhibitions of her photographs have been presented in London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Munich, New York, and Paris. In 1996, Bassman received the Agfa Life Time Achievement Award and the Art Directors Club Award. Her images have been reproduced in multiple monographs including Lillian Bassman: Lingerie (2012), Lillian Bassman: Women (2009), and Bassman and Himmel, which accompanied a major retrospective at Haus der Photographie Deichtorhallen Hamburg in 2009. Bassman’s photographs are held in major public and private collections worldwide.

Lillian Bassman
Lillian Bassman (American, 1917-2012):
TRA MODA E ARTE: TERESA IN A GOWN BY LAURA BIAGIOTTI AND SHOES BY ROMEO GIGLI, 1996
Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches. Print number 1 from an edition of 25. Signed and editioned, in pencil, on verso. [LBM.B2.132.1620.1]
© Lillian Bassman Estate, Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery
Lillian Bassman
Lillian Bassman (American, 1917-2012):
SOUTHWEST PASSAGE - SUNSET PINK: MODEL IN PAJAMAS BY KICKERNICK, HARPER'S BAZAAR, 1951
Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches. Print number 1 from an edition of 25. Illustrated: Lillian Bassman: Lingerie, (New York, Abrams, 2012), pl. 65. [LBM. B3.065.1620.1]
© Lillian Bassman Estate, Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery