The photographs in this online-only auction uncover the character of the inimitably modern New York City, primarily during and just after World War II. The vast majority of photographs included in this sale were taken by Louis Faurer and Helen Levitt. Faurer, an artist who embraced photography as 'an act of living', expresses the cacophony of the city through his images of Times Square, Union Square and other lively neighborhoods, usually within New York and Philadelphia. His empathetic portraits of figures embedded in the urban environment, many times with a comical sensibility, reveal his interest in the subconscious. From Levitt, through her images made primarily during late 1930s and 1940s, viewers are presented with familiar characters—oftentimes children—inhabiting her working-class neighborhood. Writer James Agee once described Levitt's work as 'the ordinary metropolitan soil which breeds these remarkable juxtapositions and moments… reality in its unmasked vigor and grace.' Also included in the auction are works by Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, William Klein and Weegee, all artists who tended towards bold, arresting views of New York's sights and culture during the middle of the 20th century.
The thirty-four works in this sale come from two private American collections. Estimates range from $3,000 to $8,000.Contact
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