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Rudy Burckhardt (American, 1914–1999)
LOT ID: 66146
Jasper Johns, Target with Plaster Casts, ie. circa 1955

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
9.63 х 7.25 in. (24.46 x 18.42 cm.)
Stamped, other, and labeled
Lot description
Rudy Burckhardt, Jasper Johns, Target with Plaster Casts, 1955. Gelatin silver print, image: 9.625 x 7.25 inches, 24.4 x 18.4 cm; sheet: 9.875 x 7.625 inches, 25.1 x 19.4 cm. Stamped and labeled. Vintage.

Press print in relatively good condition, but shows signs of handling. Thin vertical cracks along right side in the image and margin visible in raking light; thin vertical cracks upper left quadrant, visible in raking light; thin cracks lower right corner, visible in raking light; creases lower left corner in image visible in raking light, crease in margin. Crimp in right margin into the image, visible in the scan. Some faint patina of impressions in the image visible in raking light, a few tiny spots.

One of the great New York street photographers, Rudolph (Rudy) Burckhardt (1914-1999) was an astonishingly versatile artist, working not only as a photographer but also as a filmmaker and a painter. Yet for a long time his work remained largely unknown outside a small circle of enthusiasts. Indeed, the John Ashbery hailed him as "a subterranean monument." He was perhaps the last of the New York bohemians. His telling street scenes, which capture the energy and chaotic beauty of the city, his penetrating portraits of artists in their studios, his views of European cities, studies of children and the female nude, and views of the natural world constitute a powerful body of work produced over a lifetime that spanned several generations of the New York avant-garde scene.

In the 1950s to 1970s, to support his filmmaking and photography, Burckhardt photographed art, mainly for the Leo Castelli Gallery.


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