• Photographs: The Evening Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 12203

    Photographs: The Evening Sale

    4 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 26

    Ray Metzker (1931–2014)

    Gumball, 1966

    Estimate

    Ray Metzker (1931–2014)
    Gumball, 1966
    composite of 5 gelatin silver prints, flush-mounted together on board, mounted on secondary board, printed and assembled 1990
    signed and numbered '4/10' in pencil (secondary mount, recto); credited, titled and numbered on affixed gallery label (frame backing board)
    image/flush mount: 7 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (18.4 x 19 cm.)
    secondary mount: 13 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (34.2 x 33.6 cm.)
    This work is number 4 from the unrealized edition of 10.


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    After his travels throughout Europe from 1960–1961, Metzker moved to Philadelphia and soon began experimenting with the notion of photographs as singular images. In 1964 the artist began his Composites series by adjoining multiple strips of prints together to create an abstraction of rhythmic forms. In the present work, Metzker used the repeated scene of passersby in profile walking past the same bright sign, subsequently creating graphic, kinetic patterns in contrasting degrees of light. As a student of Harry Callahan at the Institute of Design in Chicago, known as 'the New Bauhaus', Metzker's avant-garde training may be most evident in his Composites series.

    Provenance

    Laurence Miller Contemporary Photographs, New York;
    acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Literature

    Ray K. Metzker, Composites, Laurence Miller Contemporary Photographs, New York, 1990, cover.