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Bountiful and Beautiful: Skinner’s January Fine Art Auctions Feature Fresh-to-Market Works

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile, c. 1965) (Estimate: $150,000-250,000)

BOSTON, MASkinner, Inc. presents an outstanding two-session auction on Friday, January 27 in its Boston gallery.  Fine Prints & Photographs starts at 12PM, followed by  Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. Previews will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 12 to 5PM; Thursday, January 26, 12 to 8PM; and Friday, January 27, 9 to 10AM.

Robin S. R. Starr, Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art, notes that in addition to a broad selection of pre-20th-century material, the auction offers an especially robust quantity of modern and contemporary work in all categories.… Read More

Works by 19th-century, Modern, and Contemporary Masters Featured in Fine Photographs Auction, January 27

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On Friday, January 27, Skinner will present its winter Prints & Photographs auction in Boston, beginning at 12 pm. The selection of fine photographs on offer features a range of 19th and 20th century works by such masters as Auguste Salzmann, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Alfred Stieglitz, Irving Penn, Nan Goldin, and others.

Francis Frith (British, 1822-1898) Street View in Cairo, 1858 (Lot 132, Estimate: $2,500-3,500)

Among the highlights is a group of works being sold to benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA).… Read More

A Brief History of Photography in Boston

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From the August 2016 Issue | Journal of the Print World

The New England region, and Boston in particular, has played an important role in the history of photography, from its earliest days in the nineteenth century to a broad range of contemporary practice that embraces, but also expands upon, the medium today.

The root of the word photography comes from the Greek language and means “drawing with light.” While there had been previous attempts to make images permanent, this relatively recent medium emerged in the 1830s with the announcement of groundbreaking photographic processes developed by Louis-Jacques- Mandé Daguerre in France and William Henry Fox Talbot in England.… Read More

Skinner’s September Fine Prints & Photographs Auction to Celebrate Boston and New England Photography

Lot 103, estimated between $1,000-1,500, and Lot 104, $1,200-1,800

BOSTON, MASkinner, Inc. will present a strong selection of fine photographs for beginning and experienced collectors in its September 23, 2016, Fine Prints & Photographs auction, which opens for bidding at 12PM. The sale of 61 lots features works by modern and contemporary masters including Ansel Adams, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Walker Evans, and Annie Leibovitz in addition to a special themed section celebrating photography in Boston and New England.… Read More

Young Collectors Night | September 21

J. Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901-1985) Situation LXXXXI (a l'arbre) (Lot 425, Estimate: $35,000-55,000)

About the Event

Join us for an exciting evening of art and hors d’oeuvres welcoming young and beginning collectors, hosted by Skinner’s American & European Works of Art department. Learn about the basics of collecting and buying at auction, featuring a panel discussion moderated by Robin S.R. Starr with fine photographs specialist, Michelle Lamunière; curator and art consultant,  Elizabeth Devlin; and gallerist, Joseph Carroll, while previewing Modern & Contemporary works, including paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs, featured in our September 23 Fine Art auctions.… Read More

“A New Sort of Poetry:” Wright Morris and 20th Century Photography

Wright Morris (American, 1910-1998)  Farmhouse in Winter, near Lincoln, Nebraska, 1940, printed later (Lot 99, Estimate $1,200-$1,800)

Wright Morris (American, 1910-1998) Farmhouse in Winter, near Lincoln, Nebraska, 1940, printed later (Lot 99, Estimate $1,200-$1,800)

We are delighted to offer in our May 13th Fine Prints & Photographs auction a view of a Farmhouse in Winter, near Lincoln, Nebraska (1940, printed later) by the novelist and photographer Wright Morris (Lot 99, $1,200-1,800). In the late 1930s and 1940s, Morris made beautiful and poignant photographs exploring the rural culture of the American countryside.… Read More

Abrams Original Edition Prints: Early Efforts to Promote Fine Art Photography Collecting

Gordon Parks (American, 1912-2006)   Mademoiselle Victoire Desno, Unemployed Old French Domestic, Paris, 1950, printed 1970s (Lot 102, Estimate $1,000-$1,500)

Arnold Newman (American, 1918-2006) Andrew Wyeth, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 1948, printed 1970s (Lot 101, Estimate $1,000-$1,500)

In 1972, the publisher Harry N. Abrams announced a program offering thirty limited edition black-and-white prints by ten eminent photographers. Each photograph (in editions of 99) was made from the original negative by the artist, assisted by a master printer from a custom lab. The photographers, representing a range of practices from photojournalism to creative photography, included Wynn Bullock, Eliot Elisofon, Ernst Haas, Philippe Halsman, Ken Heyman, Arnold Newman, Gordon Parks, Marc Riboud, Aaron Siskind, and Howard Sochurek.… Read More

Works by French and American Masters Highlight Skinner’s American & European Fine Art Auctions on May 13

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)  Reflections on Brushstrokes, from the series Reflections, 1990, edition of 68 plus proofs (Lot 70, Estimate $20,000-$40,000)

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) Reflections on Brushstrokes, from the series Reflections, 1990, edition of 68 plus proofs (Lot 70, Estimate $20,000-$40,000)

BOSTON, MA – April 29, 2016 On Friday, May 13 Skinner, Inc. will host an exceptional two-part auction, kicking off at 12PM with Fine Prints & Photographs and continuing at 4PM with Fine Paintings & Sculpture. The auctions showcase a strong selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, and works on paper ranging from Old Master prints through Modern and Contemporary offerings.… Read More

John Beasley Greene and the Artistry
of 19th Century Photographic Processes

John Beasley Greene (American, 1832-1856)  River Bank, Algeria, 1855-56. (Lot 76, Estimate $3,000-$5,000)

I’m a bit of a process geek when it comes to nineteenth-century photography. Technology advanced in such rapid and interesting ways during the early years of the medium’s existence. Photographers were constantly experimenting with, combining, and improving upon formulas for making negatives and developing and fixing images. A good example of these innovations—a salt print (Lot 76, Estimate $3,000-5,000) made from a waxed paper negative by the French-born American archaeologist John Beasley Greene (1832-1856)—is one of the highlights of Skinner’s January 22 Fine Prints & Photographs auction.Read More

Works by Andy Warhol Highlight Skinner’s American & European Fine Art Auction on January 22

[Detail] Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Flowers/A Portfolio of Ten Works, Suite of 10 screenprints 1970 (Lot 70, $400,000-$600,000)

[Detail] Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Flowers/A Portfolio of Ten Works, Suite of 10 screenprints 1970 (Lot 70, $400,000-$600,000)

BOSTON, MA – January 5, 2016 – On Friday, January 22, 2016, Skinner, Inc. will host an exceptional two-part auction, kicking off at 12PM with Fine Prints & Photographs and continuing at 4PM with Fine Paintings & Sculpture. The auctions showcase a strong selection of works of art ranging from Old Master prints through Modern and Contemporary offerings.… Read More

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