Important Modernist works in the April auction include Man Ray's Photomontage with Nude and Studio Light and his scarce Solarized Study of a Male Torso, both from the 1930s; and Jaromír Funke's dynamic abstract Composition, along with works by Brassaï, August Sander, André Kertész, and others. American Modernism is represented by Ansel Adams, especially the mural-sized Mount Williamson from Manzanar; Edward Weston's White Dunes; and early photographs by Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Robert Frank, and Paul Strand.
There is an exceptional association copy of Richard Avedon's Avedon/Paris portfolio of 11 classic fashion photographs, a copy that is inscribed to the actress and author Carol Matthau, one of Avedon's good friends; and a number of iconic Irving Penns, among them Cuzco Children, A Nubile Young Beauty of Diamare, and the Still Life with Watermelon. A rare, large dye-transfer print of Tom Kelley's famousMarilyn Monroe calendar image from the 1950s highlights the auction, along with glamour works by Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, and others.
A full-plate Brady daguerreotype, recently rediscovered, of John C. Calhoun leads the 19th-century material in the auction. There are several items from the Estate of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall which reflect their championing of the work of a range of photographers, from Timothy O'Sullivan and Frederick Evans to Helen Levitt and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Contemporary works in the sale include multi-media collages by Peter Beard, an early Richard Prince from the Marlboro Man series, theaters by Hiroshi Sugimoto, and large-scale color works by Adam Fuss, Andres Serrano, and Matthew Barney.