• The American Landscape: Color  auction at Christies

    Sale 2205

    The American Landscape: Color Photographs from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman

    7 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 151

    BRUCE DAVIDSON (B. 1933)

    Subway, 1980

    Price Realised  


    BRUCE DAVIDSON (B. 1933)
    Subway, 1980
    Los Angeles & New York: RoseGallery & Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2006. 47 dye-transfer prints; each 15 x 22½in. (38.1 x 57.2cm.) or the reverse; each signed in pencil (on the verso); numbered '5/6' in pencil (on the printed colophon); contained in custom linen clamshell case with embossed title.

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    "I wanted to transform the subway from its dark, degrading and impersonal reality into the images that open up our experience again to the color, sensuality and vitality of the individual souls that ride it each day. In transforming the grim, abusive, violent and often beautiful reality of the subway into a language of color, I see the subway as metaphor for the modern world. It is a great social equalizer. As our being is exposed, we confront our mortality, contemplate our destiny, and experience both the beauty and the beast. From the moving train above ground we see glimpses of the city, and as the train moves into the tunnel flourescent light reaches into the gloom, and trapped inside, we all hang on together." - Bruce Davidson, 2003 (from the portfolio colophon)