Dawoud Bey, ‘Damian’, circa 1995, Photography, Set of four unique Polaroids, mounted, Swann Auction Galleries
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Dawoud Bey

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Damian, circa 1995

Set of four unique Polaroids, mounted
Swann Auction Galleries
Estimated value: $7,000–$10,000
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1219x1016 mm; 48x41 inches (total). Each 610x520 mm; 24x20½ inches.

Signed in ink on the gallery …

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Dawoud Bey
American, b. 1953
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At the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 1969 exhibition "Harlem on My Mind," a Queens-raised 16-year-old with Harlem roots was inspired to become an artist. By 1979, Dawoud Bey, who also attributes photographers like Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, and Irving Penn as influences, had produced his first one-man show, "Harlem, USA," that documented diverse residents of the neighborhood in small black-and-white prints. Although different from his later large-scale, color work in the studio, these early prints showed Bey's sensitive approach and ability to communicate an unbridled presence in his subjects. In 2007, Bey created school portrait-style photographs of high school students across the country, followed a series depicting unacquainted members of the same community side-by-side, such as a Buddhist monk and a doctoral student, who he approached in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

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1219x1016 mm; 48x41 inches (total). Each 610x520 mm; 24x20½ inches.

Signed in ink on the gallery label on the verso.

Provenance: Stepehen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, with the gallery label, verso; private collection, New York.

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Dawoud Bey
American, b. 1953
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At the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 1969 exhibition "Harlem on My Mind," a Queens-raised 16-year-old with Harlem roots was inspired to become an artist. By 1979, Dawoud Bey, who also attributes photographers like Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, and Irving Penn as influences, had produced his first one-man show, "Harlem, USA," that documented diverse residents of the neighborhood in small black-and-white prints. Although different from his later large-scale, color work in the studio, these early prints showed Bey's sensitive approach and ability to communicate an unbridled presence in his subjects. In 2007, Bey created school portrait-style photographs of high school students across the country, followed a series depicting unacquainted members of the same community side-by-side, such as a Buddhist monk and a doctoral student, who he approached in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Dawoud Bey

Lot 170

Damian, circa 1995

Set of four unique Polaroids, mounted
Swann Auction Galleries
Estimated value: $7,000–$10,000
Starting bid
$5,200

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