CANDIDA HÖFER "NIEMEYER BRAZIL C" 2005
Candida Höfer is a truly distinctive and influential late 20th-century photographer.
As a student of Bernd and Hilla Becher and a member of the Dusseldorf School, Höfer established her signature style in the late 1970's/early 1980s in Germany with her technically precise images of vast and vacant public spaces.
Along with her contemporaries, including Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky, she helped evolve the new genre of urban and institutional portraiture; realizing images that were void of sentimentality or nationalistic agenda.
This classic Höfer image expertly captures the São Paulo Art Biennial designed by the renowned architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Photographed in full color using a large format camera, Hofer frames the repetitive lines of the structure which ultimately lead to a pitch-black focal point in the center of the image.
Like much of her work, the composition is dynamic and symmetrical, emphasizing the vastness of the space. The eye-level vantage point places the viewer in the room, inviting us to imagine what it would feel like to walk down to the end of the extended hall, and what sounds we might hear in this vacant environment (if any at all).
The architectural elements of this grand industrial space fill the frame but among them are also traces of an unfinished project left behind. Skids of remaining wooden planks are featured on the right, indicating human existence in this space while also representing its function as an institution designated for public use.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire an affordable and iconic work by one of the most internationally collected photographers of our era.
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"Niemeyer Brazil C"
Signed, dated and titled by the artist verso.
From an edition of 45.
10"H 13.25"W (photo)
11"H 14.25"W (sheet)
Very good condition.
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