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Christie’s is honored to offer for sale over the course of seven online-only auctions a selection of over 400 photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, being sold to benefit the acquisition fund for the Museum’s Department of Photography. In 1940, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) became the first museum in the country to establish a department devoted to photography, effectively cementing the importance of this art form in the eyes of the world. The artists represented in this series of online auctions will be deeply familiar to all students of photography, and their place in photographic history was often established through MoMA’s exhibition program, which helped bring their work to audiences in New York and worldwide.
MoMA: Pictorialism into Modernism. This auction focuses on the two most prominent movements in photography in the first half of the 20th century, and features works by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Constantin Brancusi, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Ilse Bing, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Walker Evans, and Berenice Abbott among others. This auction contains 58 works ranging from $1,000 to $80,000.
Property will be on view at Christie's New York October 5-9