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    Sale 1985

    Photographs

    11 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 341

    HERB RITTS (1952-2002)

    Vladimir I, Hollywood, 1990

    Price Realised  

    HERB RITTS (1952-2002)
    Vladimir I, Hollywood, 1990
    platinum print
    copyright blindstamp (in the margin); signed, titled, dated and numbered '12/25' in pencil (on the verso)
    22½ x 17¾in. (57 x 45cm.)


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    Ritts fixated on Vladimir during his performance at Cirque du Soleil. Afterward Ritts approached him to make a photograph and so developed this compelling portrait of an Ukranian ex-coal miner.
    "He has this whole creative side to him and is totally uninhibited, one of those great Russian performers...The session with him was something I had arranged. It wasn't about a magazine. It was thrilling. He has such a heart and such a presence." (Ritts, Notorious, Bulfinch, n.p.)

    Provenance

    With Fahey/Klein, Los Angeles;
    Private Collection


    Literature

    Ritts, Notorious, Bulfinch Press, 1992, n.p.; Herb Ritts, Herb Ritts: Work, Bulfinch Press, 1996, n.p.; Herb Ritts,, Fondaction Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 1999, n.p.