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Andrew Bush (American, b.1956)
LOT ID: 75173
Envelope, 1996

Color Coupler Print, in antique wood printing frame
31 х 36.75 in. (78.74 x 93.34 cm.)
Signed, dated, and numbered, on back of frame
Edition 6/15
Lot description
Throughout the 1990s, Andrew Bush produced life-size photographic renderings of envelopes of all different shapes, sizes, age, and ware. With this series, ‘Envelopes’, Bush focused his camera fully on these inanimate objects with the aim of presenting an intimate portrait of the envelope’s possessor. As demonstrated by this 1996 example from the series, each of Bush’s envelope prints were then framed in antique photographic printing frames. The variety of envelopes portrayed allowed for individual personalities and stories to shine through.

Using only natural light, American photographer Andrew Bush (b.1956) photographs a range of subjects that explore the theme of identity. Concentrating mainly on personal possessions, Bush transforms these inanimate objects into large-scale color portraits of their owners. Bush began his experimental projects during his time at Yale University, New Haven, CT, where he graduated with a MFA in 1982. Prior to Yale, Bush earned his BA in 1979 from Pamona College in California. His work has been exhibited throughout the world and has been the subject of recent solo shows at Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2012); Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (2011); Punts Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (2010); Le bleu du ciel, Lyon, France (2010); M+B, Los Angeles, CA (2009); and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY (2009).

Selected Public Collections:

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Envelope by Andrew Bush
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