Modern Spirit

Important Vintage Photographs from a Private Collection

September 14 – October 28, 2017

Berenice Abbott Fifth Ave Coach Co NYC 1942

Berenice Abbott
Fifth Ave Coach Co, NYC, 1932

BERENICE ABBOTT (American: 1898 - 1991)

Rockefeller Center (RCA, RKA and International Buildings) (1932) Vintage gelatin silver print
9-1/2 x 7-3/8 inches (print size)
18 x 14 inches (mount size)
Signed in pencil on mount, lower right; with the photographer’s identification ink stamp, on mount verso 

ANSEL ADAMS (American: 1902 - 1984)

Icicles, Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, California (1932) Vintage gelatin silver print
9 x 6-5/8 inches (print size)
15-7/8 x 12-7/8 inches (mount size)

Signed, dated c.1932 and notated Signed 12-10-75 in ink in margin, lower right. This print was signed and mounted in 1975 

ANSEL ADAMS (American: 1902 - 1984) 

Yucca Plant (c.1928)
Vintage gelatin silver print (on Dassonville paper stock)
7-3/16 x 9-3/8 inches (print size)
17 x 21 inches (mount size)
Signed Ansel E. Adams in pencil on mount, lower right; with photographer's PHOTOGRAPH BY ANSEL EASTON ADAMS / SAN FRANCISCO label, affixed to mount verso 

HANNES BECKMANN (German/American: 1909 – 1977)

Spectacles (c.1935)
Vintage gelatin silver print 11-1/2 x 8-7/8 inches (print size) 12 x 9-1/8 inches (mount size) Signed in pencil on mount, lower right 

BILL BRANDT (British: 1904 - 1983)

Blackout in London: Houses of Parliament (1939) Vintage gelatin silver print
7-3/8 x 6 inches

With the photographer's London address ink stamp, and the title Blackout in London House of Parliament in ink in the photographer’s hand, on print verso 

HARRY CALLAHAN (American: 1912 – 1999)

Chicago (1949)
Vintage gelatin silver print
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 in. (print/mount size)
Signed and titled (bldg., diagonal fire escape) in pencil, and with the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y. Study Collection/Photography Department ink stamp, on mount verso

Flush-mounted 

WILL CONNELL (American: 1898 – 1961)

The Optician (1935)
Vintage gelatin silver print
9-3/8 x 7-1/2 inches (print size)
17 x 14 inches (mount size)
Signed and dated '35 in pencil, on mount; with the photographer's Glendora, Calif. address ink stamp, on mount verso 

JOSEF EHM (Czech: 1909 - 1989)

Summer, from Friends in the Park series (1935)
Vintage gelatin silver print
7-1/2 x 7-7/8 inches (print)
13-7/16 x 9-5/8 inches (mount)
Signed Ehm and dated 1935 in pencil on mount, lower right; with the photographer’s Praha address ink stamp, on mount verso 

JOSEF EHM (Czech: 1909 - 1989)

Nude with Sabbattier’s Effect II (1946)
Vintage gelatin silver print
15-7/16 x 11-1/4 inches
With the photographer's Fotografoval JOSEF EHM ink stamp, on print vers 

ALFRED EISENSTAEDT (German/American: 1898 – 1995)

Grand Hotel, Saint-Moritz (1932)
Vintage gelatin silver print
11-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches
With photographer's Pix Publishing, New York, ink stamp & label, on print verso 

WALKER EVANS (American: 1903 – 1975)

The State Street Theatre, Chicago (1946) Vintage gelatin silver print
6 x 7-1/4 inches

With photographer's WALKER EVANS ink stamp, titled STATE STREET THEATER and Chicago and dated 1946 in pencil, and additionally with Lunn Gallery ink stamp, with the notations IV and 65 in pencil, on print verso 

Robert Frank

ROBERT FRANK (Swiss/American: born 1924)

Nixon and Rockefeller, New York City (1960) Vintage gelatin silver print
8-1/2 x 13-1/2 inches (image)
11 x 13-15/16 inches (paper)

Signed, titled NYC and dated 1960 in ink, in margin; with an ALL RIGHTS RESERVED copyright ink stamp, inscribed Robert Frank 1980 in ink in an unidentified hand and the ROBERT FRANK ARCHIVE ink stamp, with the numeral 960 in pencil, on print verso 

ROBERT FRANK (Swiss/American: born 1924)

Café - Beaufort, South Carolina (Negative: 1955-56; Print: 1960s) Early gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
Signed in black felt pen on the print in the margin, lower right 

ROBERT FRANK (American: born 1924)

Car Accident - U.S. 66, Between Winslow and Flagstaff, AZ. (Negative: 1956; Print: 1960s)
Early gelatin silver print
8-1/4 x 12-5/8 inches (image size)
11 x 14 inches (paper size)
Signed, titled and dated in ink, on lower edge of image 

ROBERT FRANK (Swiss/American: born 1924)

Inauguration: Eisenhower and Nixon (January, 1957)
Vintage gelatin silver print
12-5/8 x 8-3/8 inches (image)
14 x 11 inches (paper)
Signed "R. Frank" and titled "WASH. DC." in ink, in margin; with the photographer's archive stamp, with title and date in pencil, and his copyright stamp, notated "Robert Frank 1978", in ink, on print verso 

W. EUGENE SMITH (American: 1918 – 1978)

World Series Crowd, Yankee Stadium, New York.(1941) Vintage gelatin silver print
10-3/4 x 10-1/2 inches

With photographer's Black Star (New York) credit ink stamp, with an obliterated Time, Inc. reproduction stamp, titled and notated Sports. Baseball - Bleachers & Crowds in blue pencil, on print verso 

CONSUELO KANAGA (American: 1894 - 1978)

Mark Rothko, The Icehouse, Yorktown Heights, New York.(c.1950) Vintage gelatin silver print
9-1/2 x 7-11/16 inches
With the photographer's Photograph by Consuela Kanaga ink stamp and titled Rothko/1955 [sic] and notated Return to Lerner-Heller Gallery . . . N.Y. in pencil, on print verso 

WILLIAM KECK (American: 1908 – 1996)

Reflections and Mirroring (Dining Room Windows) (1938-39) Vintage gelatin silver print
9-1/2 x 7-5/8 inches (print size)
12 x 9-7/8 inches (mount size)
With the photographer's identification ink stamp, on mount verso 

ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (Hungarian/American: 1894 – 1985)

Distortion 2a (1933)
Vintage gelatin silver print
7 x 8-7/8 inches
With the photographer's rue du Cotentin, Paris ink stamp, on print verso 

WILLIAM KLEIN (American: born 1928)

New York (1955)
Vintage gelatin silver print
10-9/16 x 13-1/4 inches
Signed, with photographer's Paris address ink stamp, titled and dated 4 men subway, New York 1955 and notated parenthetically printed in 1955 / by William Klein by the photographer in pencil, on print verso 

ALMA LAVENSON (American: 1897 – 1989)

Cannery Buildings, Monterey, California (1939) Vintage gelatin silver print
7-1/4 x 9-7/8 inches (print size) 17-7/8 x 14-3/16 inches (mount size)

Signed Alma R. Lavenson in pencil on mount, lower right; titled and dated Cannery Buildings, Monterey 1939 in pencil and with Lavenson's affixed Piedmont, California label, with title and date in pencil in photographer's hand, on mount verso 

ALMA LAVENSON (American: 1897 -1989)

Waterlilies.(1932)
Vintage gelatin silver print
7-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches
Signed and dated 1932 in pencil, on print verso 

DANNY LYON (American: born 1942)

The Boy in the Tire, Tamazunchale, Mexico (1973)
Vintage gelatin silver print
20-1/2 x 16-1/4 inches (image size)
25 x 21 inches (paper size)
Signed, inscribed, titled Tazamunchalie, Mexico, dated 1973, notated Printed in Albuquerque in 1973 for My Film "El Chivo" and LA.1981 in pencil, on mount verso

DANNY LYON (American: born 1942)

Scrambles Track, McHenry, Illinois, from The Bikeriders (1965) Vintage gelatin silver print
7-5/8 x 7-9/16 inches (image size)
10 x 8 inches (paper size)
Signed titled The McHenry Track, dated PIX/PRINT 1965, with two Magnum ink stamps, the ink stamp 65-1 and various pencil notations, on print verso 

DANNY LYON (American: born 1942)

Uptown, Chicago (1965)
Vintage gelatin silver print
5-13/16 x 5-13/16 inches
Signed, titled and dated Uptown 1965, with Bleak Beauty stamp with photographer's initials, picture date (1965) and print date (1965); with a fragmentary ink stamp and various pencil and ink notations, on print verso 

WERNER MANTZ (German: 1901 - 1983)

Facade Details, Residential Apartment Block, Kalkerfeld, Cologne (1928) Vintage gelatin silver print
8-3/4 x 6-1/8 inches (image size)
8-15/16 x 6-5/16 inches (paper size)
Signed W. Mantz, titled Köln and dated 1928 in pencil, and with the

photographer's reproduction limitation ink stamp, on print verso 

RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD (American: 1925 - 1972)

Untitled, from Zen Twig series (1963) Vintage gelatin silver print
6-1/16 x 6-1/2 inches
Signed Madelyn O. Meatyard in ink, on print verso 

WRIGHT MORRIS (American: 1910 - 1998)

New Orleans (c.1939)
Vintage gelatin silver print
7-13/16 x 9-5/8 inches (image size)
8-1/8 x 10 inches (paper size)
Signed and titled New Orleans in ink, on print verso 

IRVING PENN (American: 1917 – 2009)

After Dinner Games.(Negative: 1947; Print: 1985) Color photograph: dye-transfer process 22-1/4 x 18 inches (image size)
23-7/8 x 20 inches (print size)

Signed, titled, dated, editioned and notated with reference number 15017 in pencil, and with photographer's copyright and edition ink stamps, on print verso (edition: 23) 

DAVID SMITH (American: 1906 - 1965)

24 Greek Y’s (1950) Vintage gelatin silver 4-1/4 x 3 inches (image size)
5-1/16 x 4 inches (paper size)

With Estate of David Smith ink stamp with numeral 98-51.9 and 98-51.10 in ink, on print verso 

FREDERICK SOMMER (American: 1905 – 1999)

Livia (Negative: 1948; Print: c.1995) Gelatin silver print
7-1/2 x 9-3/8 inches (print size)
12-1/2 x 14-1/8 inches (mount size) Signed, titled and dated in pencil, on mount verso 

HENRY SWIFT (American: 1891 – 1962)

Cabin, Tioga Pass, California (c.1935) Vintage gelatin silver print 8-15/16 x 7-7/16 inches (print size) 9-3/8 x 7-7/8 inches (mount size)

Signed Henry Swift in pencil on mount, lower right; signed, titled Cabin (West) and with photographer's Berkeley, California address in pencil, on mount verso 

WILLARD VAN DYKE (American: 1906 – 1986)

Bone and Sky 2 (1932)
Vintage gelatin silver print
9-5/16 x 7-1/16 inches (print size)
15-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (mount size)
Signed, initialed W.V.D., dated c. 1932 and notated Print of the Period in

pencil, on mount recto; titled Bone and Sky 1 [sic] in pencil, on mount verso 

ROMAN VISHNIAC (Russian/American: 1897 - 1990)

Cheder Boys, Vrchni Apsa, Carpathian Ruthenia
(also titled Three Student School)
(Negative: 1937; Print: early 1940s)
Vintage gelatin silver print
10-7/8 x 12-3/4 inches
Signed by Mara Vishniac Kohn [photographer’s daughter] and with the Vishniac estate ink stamp, on print verso 

ROMAN VISHNIAC (Russian/American: 1897 - 1990)

A Rabbi, Warsaw (Negative: 1938; Print: early 1940s)
Vintage gelatin silver print
13-5/8 x 10-3/4 inches (print)
20 x 16 inches (mount)
Signed R. Vishniac and affixed with a printed label with WARSAW 1938, on

mount; signed by Mara Vishniac Kohn [the photographer’s daughter] in ink and with the Vishniac estate identification ink stamp, on mount vers 

BRETT WESTON (American: 1911 – 1993)

Cypress, Point Lobos (1929)
Vintage gelatin silver print
9-3/8 x 7-3/8 inches (print)
17-15/16 x 14 inches (mount)
Signed in pencil on mount, lower right; inscribed for Alice and Katy Christmas 1930 in pencil, on mount verso 

EDWARD WESTON (American: 1886 – 1958)

Lettuce Ranch, Salinas, California (1934)
Vintage gelatin silver print
7-9/16 x 9-1/2 inches (print size)
14-15/16 x 15-1/2 inches (mount size)
Signed, dated and numbered 11/50 in pencil, on mount; with photographer's negative number 36L and date in pencil, on mount verso 

MINOR WHITE (American: 1908 – 1976)

Snow on Garage Door, Haags Alley, Rochester, New York.(1960) Vintage gelatin silver print
9-5/8 x 9-1/2 inches (print size)
17-7/8 x 14-7/8 inches (mount size)

Minor White in pencil on mount, lower right Provenance: Acquired directly from the photographer, c. 1972; Private

Collection 

EUGEN WIŠKOVSKÝ (Czech: 1888 – 1964)

Lunar Landscape (shirt collars) (Negative; 1929; Print: 1950s) Gelatin silver print
9-1/8 x 6-3/4 inches
Signed in pencil, on mount verso 

Press Release

MODERN SPIRIT features a collection of 45 mostly vintage photographs from the 1920's to the early 1970’s, each originally selected for its quality, significant position within mainstream 20th century photographic history, state of preservation and sheer image-beauty.  

 

The exhibition embraces many of the photographers who shaped photography between the wars, both in Europe and the United States, as well as more contemporary practitioners that expanded on those ideas.  Modern masters such as Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Werner Mantz and Roman Vishniac accompany major post war figures such as Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Danny Lyon. Most of the prints have not been on the market for many years.