Duane Michals, ‘These Relics of His Dream’, 1991, Independent Curators International (ICI) Benefit Auction
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Duane Michals

These Relics of His Dream, 1991

Gelatin silver print
16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
Edition 5/25
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Independent Curators International (ICI) Benefit Auction

Duane Michals rebelled against the notion of a “decisive moment” and redefined the photographic …

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Duane Michals
American, b. 1932
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Duane Michals first garnered critical attention (both appreciative and caustic) for his unorthodox photographic practice in the 1960s and ’70s—a time when photojournalism was a dominating influence on the medium. In fact, the photographer David Seidner once wrote that “’Photographer’ is not exactly an apt title for [Michals]; ‘poet’ would be better suited.” Michals, who believed photographs presented fictions, staged narratives across a sequence of photographs, much like film stills, and presented photographs in conjunction with text. He also employed collage and used multiple exposures in creating his compositions, inspired in part by literature, poetry, philosophy, and artists like René Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg, and Joseph Cornell. Michals was also a commercial photographer for magazines Mademoiselle, Esquire, and Vogue.

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Duane Michals rebelled against the notion of a “decisive moment” and redefined the photographic medium with works that are noted for their intimacy, quietude, and psychological depth. The accompanying text invites careful consideration of the image and underscores Michals’ assertion, “I want my photographs to …

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Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery
Duane Michals
American, b. 1932
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Duane Michals first garnered critical attention (both appreciative and caustic) for his unorthodox photographic practice in the 1960s and ’70s—a time when photojournalism was a dominating influence on the medium. In fact, the photographer David Seidner once wrote that “’Photographer’ is not exactly an apt title for [Michals]; ‘poet’ would be better suited.” Michals, who believed photographs presented fictions, staged narratives across a sequence of photographs, much like film stills, and presented photographs in conjunction with text. He also employed collage and used multiple exposures in creating his compositions, inspired in part by literature, poetry, philosophy, and artists like René Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg, and Joseph Cornell. Michals was also a commercial photographer for magazines Mademoiselle, Esquire, and Vogue.

Duane Michals

These Relics of His Dream, 1991

Gelatin silver print
16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
Edition 5/25
.
Bidding closed
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