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Harry Shunk (German, b.1924)
LOT ID: 70163
Yves Klein performance "Anthropometries of the Blue Period", 1960

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
7.88 х 10.13 in. (20.02 x 25.73 cm.)
Signed, stamped, inscribed, verso
Lot description
Harry Shunk, Yves Klein performance "Anthropometries of the Blue Period" showing orchestr, audience, naked models, and Klein. Galerie d'Art Contemporain, Paris, March 9, 1960. Gelatin silver print, sheet: 7.875 x 10.125 inches, 20 x 25.7 cm; image: 7.75 x 9.875 inches, 19.7 x 25.1 cm. Signed, inscribed, and stamped. Printed later.

A very well preserved print used for reproduction, but which shows signs of handling. An array of retouching marks on the image visible only in raking light; a faint patina of dings and impressions only visible in raking light; diagonal crease in upper right quadrant visible only in raking light.

Harry Shunk (1924 – 2006) was born in Reudnitz, Germany, near Leipzig . He retained his German citizenship while carrying an American green card. He documented the European and American art scene over several decades, including art, artists, Nouveau réaliste and conceptual art performances in Paris and New York, gallery openings, artist parties and other events. His archive of some 100,000 items which was housed in his studio in Westbeth, Greenwich Village, New York City, was acquired after his death by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

From c. 1957 to c. 1973 Shunk partnered with János (Jean) Kender and by their design all their photographs taken during that period were credited to “Shunk-Kender.” János Kender was born in Pécs, Hungary in July 1937. He fled to France in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution. Shunk and Kender left Paris for Canada in 1967 and then relocated to New York City. Their creative partnership was formally dissolved in 1973 with Shunk retaining the photographic archive. Kender died in Florida in December 2009. Shunk himself would continue to photograph many other emerging and important artists, critics and collectors from 1973 until the early twenty-first century.

The Shunk-Kender images range from Yves Klein’s iconic action Le Saut dans le vide [Leap into the Void], which Shunk confected by photomontage with Klein and Kender in a Paris suburb in 1960, to primary documentary images of Christo’s Valley Curtain, early photographs of Andy Warhol, Lucio Fontana, George Segal, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Claes Oldenburg, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Alan Kaprow “Happenings,” among numerous others. [lichtensteinfoundation.org]




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Yves Klein performance Anthropometries of the Blue Period by Harry Shunk
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