A Life Among Artists: Contemporary Photographs from an Esteemed Private Collection

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A Life Among Artists: Contemporary Photographs from an Esteemed Private Collection

New York

A Life Among Artists: Contemporary Photographs from an Esteemed Private Collection
Auction: Wed 22 Sep - Wed 29 Sep 2021
Exhibition: - Tue 28 Sep 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm


This fall, Sotheby’s is pleased to present A Life Among Artists: Contemporary Photographs from an Esteemed Private Collection. This tightly curated selection of nearly 60 photographs notably includes Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #425, the defining image from her 2003-04 Clown series, and Wolfgang Tillman’s Icestorm, a monumental ‘intervention’ piece from 2001.  

This superb group of contemporary photographs reflects the collectors’ unique vision, honed by visiting artist studios, museums, and galleries over more than two decades. The sale includes seminal works from each photographer’s career, such as Matthew Barney’s self-portrait Cremaster 3: Entered Novitiate, Thomas Struth’s Audience 2, Catherine Opie’s Untitled No. 9 (Icehouses), and Christopher Williams’ Model No. 105-R59C Keystone Shower Door

Reflecting an enduring commitment to championing women across media, the sale spotlights works by more than 20 female artists including Uta Barth, Louise Lawler, Sarah Charlesworth, Marina Abramović, and Hannah Wilke. Photographs by Laurie Simmons include both her early Black Bathroom/Self Portrait from 1997 and the more recent The Love Doll (Geisha Tattoo) from 2011. Roni Horn’s cerebral 2003-04 photo-installation Doubt By Water has been included in nearly every major publication and exhibition on the artist’s work.  

Online bidding will be open from 22 to 29 September. A pre-sale exhibition will be on view at Sotheby’s New York, from 25-28 September. Please contact the Photographs department directly with any viewing requests, as not all works are exhibited, and we want to ensure the photographs are available to view upon your arrival.

For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

+1 212 606 7000


For all enquiries please contact:

Emily Bierman

Vice President

Head of Department, Photographs

+1 212 894 1149


Hermione Sharp

Specialist, Head of Sale


+1 212 894 1149


Aimee Pflieger

Assistant Vice President



+1 212 894 1149


Kelly Sidley

Associate Specialist & Senior Researcher


+ 212 894 1149 


Caroline Yarbrough



+ 212 894 1149 


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