Archive for December, 2015

Photography | A Paper that Dared to Tell the Truth

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Helen Levitt
‘Third Avenue, Upper East Side, Offers no Trees or Cliffs for Kids to Climb,
but Porch of Abandoned Building is Excellent Substitute’
July-August 1940



PM New York Daily: 1940 > 48
Steven Kasher Gallery
14 January 20 February 2015



Weegee
‘The Critic, Opening Night at the Metropolitan Opera’
November 22, 1943



PM is against people who push other people around. PM accepts no advertising. PM belongs to no political party. PM is absolutely free and uncensored. PM’s sole source of income is its readers – to whom it alone is responsible. PM is one newspaper that can and dares to tell the truth.’ Making itself loud and clear in its first issue of June 18, 1940 New York’s progressive PM Daily – together with the Sunday version, PM Weekly – whose territory was politics, crime, war, labour, and celebrating the everyday lives of ordinary people, would become a platform for cutting edge photojournalism and an instrument for socially progressive thought.

Unknown photographer
‘Adam Clayton Powell at the Negro Freedom Rally, Madison Square Garden’
June 26, 1944



Max Peter Haas
‘Heroic Taxi Driver, Leonard Weisberg, Lying Dead at
Deadly ‘Mad Dog’ Shoot-Out in Manhattan’

April
1941



Gene Badger
‘On May 13 The Day, Yiddish Newspaper, Where 42 Employees Are On Strike’
May 1941



At a time when most New York publications were staunchly conservative, PM was ‘a fighting liberal crusader’, whose bold mission attracted important writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Dashiell Hammett, and Dorothy Parker, as well as future Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill. The editorial staff ardently supported US intervention against Hitler, took stands against racial and religious discrimination, and fought for the rights of labour unions.

Margaret Bourke-White
‘Men Searched the Job Boards on Sixth Avenue, as Unemployment is Rising Again’
June 1940



Closing on June 22, 1948, the legendary publication, whose roster of staff and freelance photographers included, among others, Weegee, Helen Levitt and Margaret Bourke-White, had a lifespan of almost exactly eight years.

PM New York Daily: 1940 > 48 forthcoming exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery features over 75 black and white vintage photographs. Seeking to emulate the visual punch of Life magazine, PM had the most expensive printing and paper ever used for a daily tabloid – vintage copies of the newspaper will also be displayed.

All photographs and captions courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City, USA


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Design | Sitting on top of the 20th Century

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888 > 1964)
Steltman chairs, pair, designed 1963
(T
he second is a mirror image of the above)
Stained oak.
Estimate $80,000 > 120,000



Design Masterworks
Christie’s
Rockefeller Plaza
New York City | USA
Exhibition 12 > 16 December 2015
Auction 17 December 2015



Marc Newson (1963 >)
Lockheed Lounge, designed 1990
Fibreglass-reinforced polyester resin core,
blind-riveted sheet aluminium,
rubber-coated polyester resin.
Estimate $1,500,000 – 2,000,000



Looks can be deceiving. Amongst the rare and much sought-after items in Christie’s forthcoming Design Masterworks sale, a pair of Steltman chairs, for instance, designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1963 – placing their production firmly in the mid-century period – are rooted in the far more remote early modernist years, while hints of the 1960s’ brutalist architectural style are also easily detected in the form.

Superficially, with its Sputnik aesthetic, Marc Newson’s three-legged Lockheed Lounge, with a blind-riveted sheet aluminium finish, also reminiscent of post-war airliners, produced as a limited edition of ten, in 1990, toward the end of the twentieth century, might well have been designed when Arne Jacobsen was sketching out his Drop chair for his SAS Radisson Blue Hotel in the late 1950s. (Incidentally, recently relaunched by Fritz Hansen, the Drop is now available with a plastic shell in a selection of colours with matching powder-coated legs.)

Arne Jacobsen (1902 > 1971)
Drop chair, designed c 1958
Copper-plated steel, leather
Estimate $20,000 > 30,000


Hans Wenger (1914 > 2007)
Easy chair, designed 1953
Oak, leather, fabric upholstery
$30,000 > 50,000



The spindly legs, of course, are always a dead giveaway, but, paradoxically, the upholstered full, rounded back and chunky armrests of Hans Wenger’s Easy chair, 1953, are strongly suggestive of the art deco period that spawned Jean Prouve’s Sanatorium armchair, whose tapered seat shape and slimmer armrests in turn foreshadow the lightness of form that would appear in late 1940s and 1950s furniture design, made possible through the use of new materials and improved production techniques brought about by advances in technology.

Jean Prouvé (1901 > 1984)
Sanatorium armchair, c 1932
Painted metal, leather, stretched canvas
Estimate $140,000 > 180,000



Although more chair designs, notably by Gio Ponti and Finn Juhl are included, Design Masterworks at Christie’s isn’t confined to seating. The tightly-edited series of lots, each with impeccable provenance and stand-alone individuality, flying in the face of chronological categorisation, features a striking c 1930 wall light from the palace of the Maharaje of Indore made by Max Krüger, Flavio Poli’s Valva siderale internally-decorated glass vase, 1954, and Carlo Mollino’s anthropomorphic maple, tempered glass and brass An Occasional Table made around 1950.

All images courtesy and © Christie’s


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Photography | Christmas Trees

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Monkey puzzle /
Araucaria araucana



Christmas Trees
Carlisle Park | Morpeth | Northumberland | UK
Photographed by Pedro Silmon



European beech /
Fagus sylvatica
Common lime /
Tilia x europaea



Sycamore /
Acer pseudoplatanus



European larch /
Larix decidua



European beech /
Fagus sylvatica



Horse chestnut /
Aesculus hippocastanum



All photographs © Pedro Silmon


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