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Sally Mann (American, b.1951)
LOT ID: 58071
Venus After School, 1992

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
20 х 24 in. (50.8 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil on verso.
Edition 7/25
Foundry/Publisher Printed by the artist
Lot description
Sally Mann, Venus After School, 1992. Gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm). Edition 7 of 25. Signed, titled, dated and numbered.

This important Sally Man, “Venus after school”, makes reference to the famous 1538 “Venus of Urbino” by Titian depicting an overtly erotic image of a nude woman stretched out seductively staring boldly at the viewer in a domestic interior. Commissioned by the Duke of Urbino, it was intended as an instructive model for his very young bride. This piece in turn inspired Manet to make his scandalous “Olympia” of 1863, and was itself inspired by Giorgiones more innocent outdoor depiction of the “Sleeping Venus” of 1510.

Sally Mann was born in 1951 in Lexington, Virginia, where she continues to live and work. She received a BA from Hollins College in 1974, and an MA in writing from the same school in 1975. Her early series of photographs of her three children and husband resulted in a series called “Immediate Family.” In her recent series of landscapes of Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, and Georgia, Mann has stated that she wanted to go right into the heart of the deep dark South.” Using damaged lenses and a camera that requires the artist to use her hand as a shutter, these photographs are marked by the scratches, light leaks, and shifts in focus that were part of the photographic process as it developed during the 19th century. Mann has won numerous awards, including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Her books of photographs include “Immediate Family,” “At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women;” and “Mother Land: Recent Landscapes of Georgia and Virginia.” Her photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums, including The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.[pbs.org]
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