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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BRUCE BARD

Bob Seidemann
SELECTED IMAGES FROM UNSPEAKABLE BEAUTY
Estimation
20 00030 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT
179

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BRUCE BARD

Bob Seidemann
SELECTED IMAGES FROM UNSPEAKABLE BEAUTY
Estimation
20 00030 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Photographs

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New York

Bob Seidemann
1941-2017
SELECTED IMAGES FROM UNSPEAKABLE BEAUTY
a group of 46 photographs, each signed in pencil and with the photographer's copyright stamp, all but 2 dated in pencil, and 12 titled in pencil on the reverse, 1993-2001 (46)
Various sizes to 13 by 17 1/2  in. (33 by 44.5 cm.) or the reverse
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Provenance

The photographer to Bruce Bard, San Francisco

Description

In the 1960s, photographer Bob Seidemann created iconic images of the popular revolutionary culture, including nudes of Janis Joplin and the controversial album cover for Eric Clapton’s recording Blind Faith (1969). His monumental aviation series The Airplane As Art (1986-97), first sold in these rooms on 12 October 2000 (Sale 7518, Lot 292). 

In the 1990s, by way of a friend, Seidemann, looking for an interesting project to photograph, was introduced to the world of BDSM.  It was after this introduction that he created the present series, Unspeakable Beauty. Seidemann attended 'scenes' and with consent and participation from members of the BDSM community, he recreated the environment of roleplaying and bondage in his studio.  Of the series, Seidemann wrote, ‘This work explores the psychosexual undercurrents in society during the last decade of the twentieth century using a particular vocabulary of imagery seen in American popular culture.’  Although Seidemann produced editioned prints from Unspeakable Beauty, the series was never officially marketed during his lifetime. 

The 46 prints offered here represent the first time a significant group of photographs from this remarkable series have been offered at auction. They come from the collection of the late Bruce Bard, a California-based patron of artists. 

Photographs

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New York