American & European Works of Art
Sally Mann (American, b. 1951)
Untitled, 1993, printed 1997, from the series Mother Land. Signed, dated, and numbered "Sally Mann 1993 3/10" in pencil on the backing l.r., identified on a label from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, on the backing. Gelatin silver enlargement print toned with tea, sight size 30 x 38 in. (76.3 x 96.6 cm),framed.
Condition: Not examined out of frame.
Provenance: Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, to a private Massachusetts collection.
N.B. Sally Mann is perhaps best known for her Intimate Family series, which captures her young children and husband on their family farm and its surrounding landscape in Virginia. This body of work has been both celebrated and criticized for the tension between innocence and sensuousness expressed in images of her often nude children swimming, sleeping, dressing up, or nursing cuts.
Mann's landscape series Mother Land grew out of this project. Taken with a large format camera in rural Virginia and Georgia, the photographer views these images as portraits of sites intertwined with human history that convey the exquisite beauty of the natural environment. The antique lenses she employs create distortions and plays of light that evoke a sense of memory and time both past and passing.
The frame is steel and measures 32 1/2 x 40 1/2 in. (82.5 x 102.8 cm).
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