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An Important French Photographic Collection

An Important French Photographic Collection

Marina Abramović » Dieter Appelt » Peter Beard » Brassaï » Lynne Cohen » John Coplans » Peter Downsbrough » Mounir Fatmi » Nan Goldin » Andy Goldsworthy » Candida Höfer » Michel Journiac » Valérie Jouve » Germaine Krull » Louise Lawler » Man Ray  » Robert Mapplethorpe » Pierre Molinier » Daidō Moriyama » Walter Niedermayr » Albert Renger-Patzsch » Miguel Rio Branco » David Rosenfeld » Georges Rousse » Thomas Ruff » Andres Serrano » Laurie Simmons » Beat Streuli » Virxilio Vieitez » & others

Auction: – 30 May 2018

Wed 30 May


118, rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris



An Important French Photographic Collection
Louise Lawler (born 1947)
Auction II (Jackie O/lion skins), 1990
Tirage cibachrome 77×57cm
50 000 / 60 000 €

Photographs, including an An Important French Photographic Collection
AUCTION : May 30, 2018 5pm

Viewing May 25, 2018 from 10:00 to 18:00
May 26, 2018 from 11:00 to 18:00
May 27, 2018 from 14:00 to 18:00
May 28, 2018 from 10:00 to 18:00
May 29, 2018 from 10:00 to 18:00
May 30, 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00

Modern and Contemporary Art Department : Florence Latieule, Laura Wilmotte-Koufopandelis, Margot Denis-Lutard
For further informations, please contact : Cécile Demtchenko Woringer | Director Communication & Press T :+33 (0)1 53 34 12 95 – c.demtchenko@piasa.fr

PIASA is delighted to announce the sale of an important French Photographic Collection on Wednesday 30 May 2018. The collection – assembled over a period of more than 30 years – features 47 photographic masterpieces by Brassaï, Nan Goldin, Louise Lawler, Robert Mapplethorpe, Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer, Andres Serrano and others, each with a remarkable international provenance. Every photographer is represented by an emblematic work, with meticulous attention paid to choice of print.

Among the highlights of the collection is a series of four portraits by Robert Mapplethorpe (1946- 89), also owned by the Guggenheim and MOMA in New York. They feature Ajitto, his celebrated model, photographed in the same pose from four different angles. Mapplethorpe sought ‘perfection in form’ in all his portraits, from nudes to flowers. This four-part nude study (est. €90,000-120,000), with its taut muscles, reflects his quest for linear and bodily perfection. The portraits of Ajitto are greatly inspired by sculpture, and bring Rodin to mind. ‘Photography is a quick way of creating a sculpture’ explained Mapplethorpe. Each print, assembled to compose this ideal polyptich of the male body, was the subject of a lengthy search by the collector.

An Important French Photographic Collection
Andres Serrano (born 1950)
Piss, 1987
Tirage cibachrome contrecollé sur plexiglas Signé, titré et numéroté au dos "1/4" 102×153cm
18 000 / 25 000 €

Andres Serrano (born 1950), hero of a solo show at the Petit Palais in Paris in 2017, is a prominent figure on the international contemporary art scene – provocatively asking the viewer to confront what he cannot see. In his famous Black Supper polyptych (est. €100,000-150,000), one of Serrano’s most charismatic allegories, Jesus and his apostles are submerged in a spray of effervescent bubbles exuding mystic vitality.

Other major works in the collection include prints by Louise Lawler (born 1947) who, alongside Jeff Koons and Barbara Kruger, is a key figure in the American 1980s movement Simulationism. Her conceptual approach involves photographs of famous works of art in their environment: museums, private collections, galleries, exhibitions, auctions or reserves. By focusing on the relationship between the work and where it is shown, Lawler questions the system of legitimizing art: the museum, the hanging and the conditions in which works are presented affect how we apprehend them. Her approach is embodied in works like Black And White from 1987 (est €80,000-100,000) and Auction II (Jackie O/ Lionskins) from 1990 (est. €50,000-60,000).

Nan Goldin (born 1953) photographs her entourage, friends and family as candidly as possible: no pose, no big intentions, just paying tribute to what they are. Ever since she was 15, Goldin has been capturing moments: an intimate couple, a drag queen, parties, solitude or, most recently, childhood. Käthe In The Tub – West Berlin (1984) and Kee at the Paramount Hotel, NYC (1995) reflect Goldin’s intimate photographic diary. The two photographs to be offered at PIASA reflect crude, tender, violent cross-over from Goldin’s personal life. ‘For me, it is not a detachment to take a picture’ she says. ‘It’s a way of touching somebody: it’s a caress.’

An Important French Photographic Collection
Robert MAPPLETHORPE (1946-1989) Ajitto, 1981 Ensemble de quatre tirages argentiques
45 x 35 cm chaque (image à vue) Estimation : 90 000 - 120 000 euros
An Important French Photographic Collection
Andres SERRANO (né en 1950) - Black Supper (I-V), 1990 Tirage Cibachrome
Signé du monogramme, titré et numéroté au dos Editions de 10 exemplaires
100 x 68 cm (chaque)
Estimation : 100 000 – 150 000 €
An Important French Photographic Collection
Louise Lawler (née en 1947) -Black and white, 1987 Tirage Cibachrome
Edition de 5 exemplaires
74,5 x 98,5 cm
Estimation : 80 000 -100 000€
An Important French Photographic Collection
Nan GOLDIN (née en 1953)
Kee at the Paramount Hotel, NYC, 1995 Tirage Cibachrome
Signé, daté, titré et numéroté au dos Edition de 15 exemplaires
101,5 x 69,5 cm 5 000-7 000€