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Joel-Peter Witkin (American, b.1939)
LOT ID: 80515
Counting Lessons in Purgatory, New Mexico, 1982

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
14.5 х 14.75 in. (36.83 x 37.47 cm.)
Signed, titled and dated with edition nomenclature in pencil, verso.
Edition 10/15
Lot description
Image size 14.5 x 14.75 inches (36.7 x 37.5 cm) framed size 25.75 x 25.75 (65.4 x 65.4 cm)

Joel-Peter Witkin (American, b. 1939) is a photographer whose images of the human condition are undeniably powerful. For more than twenty years he has pursued his interest in spirituality and how it impacts the physical world in which we exist. His fascination with other people's physicality has inspired works that confront our sense of normalcy and decency, while constantly examining the teachings handed down through Christianity. Joel-Peter Witkin lets us look into his created world, which is both frightening and fascinating, as he seeks to dismantle our preconceived notions about sexuality and physical beauty. Through his imagery, we gain a greater understanding about human difference and tolerance.

*Archivally framed featuring a glass window on the rear to view signature.
Counting Lessons in Purgatory, New Mexico by Joel-Peter Witkin
  • Counting Lessons in Purgatory, New Mexico by Joel-Peter Witkin
  • Counting Lessons in Purgatory, New Mexico by Joel-Peter Witkin
  • Counting Lessons in Purgatory, New Mexico by Joel-Peter Witkin
  • Counting Lessons in Purgatory, New Mexico by Joel-Peter Witkin
  • Counting Lessons in Purgatory, New Mexico by Joel-Peter Witkin
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