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HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
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HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
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Helmut Newton conceived his ‘Private Property’ portfolio in 1983. The selected images date from 1972 to 1983 and constitute a broad anthology of emblematic examples of his work through those years in an area of editorial photographic image-making that he had made his own – an interweaving of fashion photography, portraiture, and the erotic, a shrewdly calibrated amalgam of meticulous contrivance and sharp, quasi-documentary observation. Newton was a cunning metteur en scène, reconstructing things observed as he built his stylised tableaux, always with an edge of provocation and irony, He saw his role as that of a social documentarist whose images illustrate the lifestyles of certain privileged milieus in which wealth, power-play, beauty, talent, and style play so significant a part. Newton’s pictures are informed by his fascination with the protocols and traditions within certain social classes, whose implied narratives are rendered so persuasive by his acute sensitivity to context. His world is that of an old Europe, of grand hotels and spas, of elegant chateaux, villas, apartments, parks. And in the US he sought the visual metaphors that spoke of another, New World culture, from the skyscrapers of New York to the studio back lots of Los Angeles.Newton achieved very considerable success and recognition through the seventies. His first book, White Women, published in 1976, had been instrumental in raising his profile with an ever-wider audience. Gallery and museum exhibitions, and further books consolidated his reputation. The ‘Private Property’ portfolios were made in response to the growing interest from collectors wishing to enjoy Newton’s work in the form of high quality prints, made to the photographer’s exacting standards by master printer Thomas Consilvio.The Edition‘Private Property’ is conceived in three suites, each of fifteen prints, making a total of forty-five. This include images that have acquired the status of icons within Newton’s oeuvre – among them the naked ‘Sie Kommen’, ‘Tied torso’, ‘Office love’, ‘Self-portrait with Wife and Models’, ‘Elsa Peretti in a ‘Bunny’ costume by Halston’, ‘Saddle I’, and notable portraits that include David Bowie, David Hockney, Karl Lagerfeld, Charlotte Rampling, and Andy Warhol.‘Private Property’ was planned by Newton as an edition of 75 numbered sets plus 10 artist’s proofs. After the release of no more than 25 sets, including the present first artist proof set that was retained personally by Newton, he made the decision to release no further sets. Respecting this wish, the balance of the edition is now with the Helmut Newton Foundation and will not be released commercially.
HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)

Private Property Suites I, II & III, 1984

HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
Private Property Suites I, II & III, 1984
45 gelatin silver prints
each signed, consecutively numbered '1-15' and annotated 'A' in pencil and stamped with copyright credit (verso); each in archival window mount, each Suite in a blue card box (the box for Suite I with stencilled portfolio title) with title pages numbered 'I-III' and annotated 'A' in ink and colophon, in individual hard-shell case base

image sizes ranging from: 10 ¼ x 10 7/8 in. (26 x 27.6 cm.) to 9 ½ x 14 ¼ in. (24.1 x 36.2 cm.) or inverse
each sheet approximately: 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.) or inverse
Suite I
1.Woman into Man, Paris, 1979
2. Winnie at the Negresco, Nice, 1975
3. After Dinner, Paris, 1977
4. Woman Being Filmed, Paris, 1980
5. Jenny Kapitan, Pension Dorian, Berlin, 1977
6. Shoe, Monte Carlo, 1983
7. Père Lachaise, Tomb of Talma, Paris, 1977
8. Nastassia Kinski, Los Angeles, 1983
9. Office Love, Paris, 1976
10. Violetta, Paris, 1979
11. Karl Lagerfeld, Paris, 1973
12. Nude in Seaweed, Saint Tropez, 1976
13. Elsa Peretti, New York, 1975
14. David Hockney, Piscine Royale, Paris, 1975
15. Hotel Room, Place de la République, Paris, 1976

Suite II
1. Tied up Torso, Ramatuelle, 1980
2. Self Portrait with Wife and Models, Paris, 1981
3. Upstairs at Maxim's, Paris, 1978
4. Paloma Picasso, Paris, 1978
5. Rich Girl, Poor Girl, Detail, Bordighera, Italy, 1982
6. Sigourney Weaver on the Warner Bros. Lot, Burbank, 1983
7. Diving Tower, Old Beach Hotel, Monte Carlo, 1981
8. Viviane F., Hotel Volney, New York, 1972
9. Saddle I, Paris, 1976
10. David Bowie, Monte Carlo, 1982
11. Fashion Model in Chains, Paris, 1976
12. Veruschka, Nice, 1975
13. In the Grünewald, Berlin, 1979
14. Charlotte Rampling, Saint Tropez, 1967
15. Woman with Snake, Berlin, 1979

Suite III
1. Sylvia in my Studio, Paris, 1981
2. Jenny in my Apartment, Paris, 1978
3. Roselyne Behind Fence, Arcangues, France, 1975
4. Two Pairs of Legs in Black Stockings, Paris, 1979
5. Woman Examining Man, Saint Tropez, 1975
6. Woman in Fur Coat Adjusting Stocking, Paris, 1975
7. Sie Kommen, Paris, 1981
8. Régine at Home, Paris, 1975
9. Violetta at the Bains-Douches, Paris, 1979
10. Bergstom, Paris, 1976
11. Raquel Wech, Beverly Hills, 1981
12. Andy Warhol, Paris, 1976
13. Roselyne in Arcangues, France (Salon), 1975
14. Woman and Gardener, Lake Como, Italy, 1979
15. Mannequins Reclining, Quai D'Orsay, Paris, 1977

The Artist.
Estate of the Artist.
Private Collection.
Marshall Blonsky (introduction), Helmut Newton: Private Property, Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, 1990.

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