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Top Pics
Sally Mann
Night Blooming Cereus, 1988
Gelatin silver print
8 х 10 in.
Est. US$15,000–20,000

Top Pics

A handpicked selection of our most sought-after photographs

Peter Beard » Nick Brandt » Henri Cartier-Bresson » Gregory Crewdson » Horst P. Horst » George Hoyningen-Huene » André Kertész » David LaChapelle » Annie Leibovitz » Sally Mann » Steve McCurry » Marilyn Minter » Sebastião Salgado » August Sander » Paul Strand » Joel Peter Witkin » & others

Auction: 18 Nov – 25 Nov 2013

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Top Pics
George Hoyningen-Huene
Divers (Horst with Model), Paris, 1930
Gelatin silver print
9.25 x 7 in. each
Estimate US$8,000–10,000

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A handpicked selection of our most sought-after photographs

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artnet Auctions is pleased to announce Top Pics, a handpicked selection of some of our most sought-after images currently live for bidding. This sale features works by artists such as André Kertész, Andres Serrano, Annie Leibovitz, August Sander, David LaChapelle, Gregory Crewdson, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Horst P. Horst, Joel-Peter Witkin, Nick Brandt, Paul Strand, Peter Beard, Sally Mann, Sebastião Salgado, and Steve McCurry, among others.

Featured here, Night Blooming Cereus (1988) by Sally Mann (American, b.1951) is one of the many photographs that the artist took of her young children during their childhood and adolescent years. In this image, Mann creates a stunning composition in black and white of her daughter, nude on top, with beautifully intricate flowers draped around her neck and chest. The flowers are sharply in focus, while the softness of the little girl’s skin provides a contrast. Mann’s work is characterized by its nostalgic, soft-toned and aged quality, while it brings up the idea of the innocence and fragility of childhood and the inevitable progression toward adulthood.

Another highlight of the sale is Piss Christ (1987) by Andes Serrano (American. b.1950), a photograph that is widely known as intensely controversial since it was first exhibited in 1989, making it one of the most hotly debated works of art ever created in the 20th century. The image was not an isolated moment of transgression, but part of a larger series of submerged objects known as Immersions. Ever intrigued by bodily fluids, such as urine, blood, semen, and milk, Serrano took his art into dangerous territory by submerging a small wood and plastic crucifix in a translucent container containing his own urine. He then photographed the scene, cropping out the container. The resulting image is one that is illuminated by a soft light from the top right that makes visible the wooden cross and body of Jesus Christ. The debate over the photograph centered on the religious, political, and artistic characteristics inherent in the work. The disparity between its appearance and its subject contributes to the controversy and its continuing cultural importance. Either sacrilegious in content, or an image of devout meditation, Piss Christ remains a photograph that is hard to forget.

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Andres Serrano
Piss Christ, 1987
26 x 19 in.
Signed, titled, dated in pencil,
and uniquely inscribed on verso.
Est. US$150,000–175,000
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Marilyn Minter
Crisco, 2002
Color Coupler Print
12.75 x 19 in.
Estimate US$9,000–12,000