Lot Details

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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Other area
Location: Other location
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Degree: Moderate

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Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.63 x 7.25 in. (24.46 x 18.42 cm.)
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