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Bernd and Hilla Becher (German)
LOT ID: 78398
Industriehallen (Industrial Facades), 2006

Digital Print, pigment print (ditone) on photo paper
35.5 х 36.2 in. (90.17 x 91.95 cm.)
Signed, and numbered, verso
Edition of 40
Foundry/Publisher Edition Schellmann
Lot description
As seen with ‘Industrielhallen’ Bernd and Hilla Becher were renowned for their encyclopedic documentation of industrial buildings, including this series of facades. Arranged in a grid-like fashion, this is Image II from the ‘Typologies’ series. This work is signed and numbered, being a limited edition of 40. It is in excellent condition and is unframed.

German artists Bernd (1931-2007) and Hilla Becher (1934) were a collaborative duo known for their photographs documenting industrial structures. Beginning their work together in 1959, the couple traveled to steel mills, mines, and industrial sites to create their “typologies” or grids of black and white photographs. They often photographed water towers, coal conveyors, and blast furnaces with an assertive simplicity and aesthetic appreciation for mechanical engineering. Their work has influenced numerous photographers including Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Candida Hofer, and Thomas Struth, among others.

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Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art (Amsterdam, NL)
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