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January 26, 2018 10:00 AMCalender

Minor White (American, 1908-1976) Burned Mirror

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3072BLocation: BostonDate / Time: January 26, 2018 10:00AM


Minor White (American, 1908-1976)

Burned Mirror, 1959, from the sequence Sound of One Hand, 1965. Unsigned, identified on a label from the Carl Siembab Gallery of Photography, Boston, affixed to the backing. Gelatin silver print mounted to board, image/sheet size 11 1/4 x 7 5/8 in. (28.5 x 19.3 cm),matted, framed.
Condition: Print is lifting slightly from the mount along bottom edge.

N.B. Minor White is revered as one of the masters of photographic modernism. He photographed subjects not only for what they represented but also for what they suggested, making images rich with symbolic and metaphorical allusions. White developed sequences, including Sound of One Hand and Steely the Barb of Infinity, for his pictures to underscore the meditative possibilities of reading photographs as a path to spiritual self-knowledge. "Sequences originate for me from some hidden place," White observed. "Though I habitually play photographs against each other, or words against images in pairs, triplets, or rows of four with expectations of magic, sequences originate from within. And I prefer to let them. In fact I cannot seriously do otherwise than photograph on impulse and let whatever words will, flow spontaneously" (http://www.photoquotes.com/showquotes.aspx?ID=25&name=White,Minor#ixzz51LTFK4T7).
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Mount measures 22 x 18 in. (55.7 x 45.5 cm).

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