CANDIDA HÖFER "UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, HAMBURG", 2002
Candida Höfer is one of the most distinctive and influential late 20th century photographers.
As a student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Höfer established her signature style in the late 1970's/early 1980's in Germany with her technically precise large-scale images of public spaces void of any visitors.
Along with her contemporaries, including Thomas Struth, she helped evolve a new genre of urban and institutional portraiture; creating images that were void of sentimentality or nationalism.
This diptych is a classic example of Höfer's work. The architectural and decorative details of this grand library, specifically the arches on each floor, create a pattern that approaches abstraction. Her photographs investigate the forms and structures of spaces, as well as their details. This approach leads her to very personal portraits of spaces.
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"Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg, 2000"
Signed “H.C.” by the artist in black ink on a label affixed to the reverse
Two chromogenic prints on photo paper flush-mounted to forex board
From an edition of 25
24"H 24"W (each)
Very good condition.
Published by Edition Schellmann
Literature: Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, pp. 156-157 and pp. 382-382.
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