7 Great Artist Duos That Shaped Art History
i) - viii) 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.)
ix) 16 x 11 1/4 in. (40.6 x 28.6 cm.)
This work is recorded with inventory number BHB-00090 (9) by Sonnabend Gallery, New York.
From the Catalogue:
“One just has to select the right objects and fit them into the picture precisely, then they tell their own story all by themselves.” Bernd and Hilla Becher
—Courtesy of Phillips
Signature: i) signed, titled, and dated "WATER TOWERS H 1988 Bernhard Becher Hilla Becher" and inscribed with a diagram on the reverse i) - ix) each numbered consecutively on the reverse
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in March 2001
Bernd and Hilla Becher worked collaboratively for nearly half a century documenting industrial German structures. In their “typologies”—series of objective black-and-white photos—the Bechers sought to illuminate and catalogue the similarities and variations in design among particular building types, such as framework houses, water towers, and blast furnaces. Exhibited in groups, the prints encourage comparison of form and function, and hint at the history and context of each structure. The Becher style would inform a generation of prominent photographers including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth. For the Bechers, to read their photographs was to know and understand deeply these beautiful, yet often forgotten, “sculptures.” The signature neutrality of each image demanded exacting camera angles and light conditions, their methods drawing from both architectural and landscape tradition and broadening the conceptual range and potential of documentary photography.
German, 1931–2007, 1934–2015, Siegen, Germany and Potsdam, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany