Lot 31
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JIMMY DE SANA | Selected Images (from Suburban)

5,000 - 7,000 USD
3,750 USD
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  • Jimmy De Sana
  • Selected Images (from Suburban)
  • Each approximately 13 by 19 1/2  in. (33 by 49.5 cm.) or the reverse
a group of 3 Cibachrome prints, comprising Pool, Marker Cones, and Cardboard, each with the photographer's trust stamp, signed and copyrighted '97' by Laurie Simmons, Executor, in ink, and with title, date, and edition '2/12' in ink on the reverse, framed, 1980-87, printed later (3)


Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, 1997

Catalogue Note

A key figure of the East Village scene in the 1970s and 1980s alongside friends Laurie Simmons, James Casebere (see Lot 39) and Cindy Sherman, Jimmy De Sana is best known for his brightly colored, erotic photographs that are saturated with the gritty, boundary-pushing spirit of New York of that era.  His first book, Submission (1980), featured black and white images of BDSM scenes and an introduction by William S. Burroughs.  It is widely considered to be one of the most important photographic publications of the period.  The present images, from his Suburban series, feature nude models in staged suburban environments bathed in theatrical gel lighting.  De Sana’s sensational scenes demand a reexamination of commodity culture and ‘normative’ sexuality.