Bowerbank Ninow is proud to announce the launch of the catalogue for Auction N˚8. Join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 21 March for a preview of the works included in the catalogue.
This sale promises to be the most comprehensive survey of New Zealand photography offered at auction in recent years. The auction consists of 131 lots, including works by a wide array of leading New Zealand photographers, including Laurence Aberhart, Les Cleveland, Theo Schoon, Eric Lee-Johnson, John Fields, Minerva Betts, Anne Noble and Gil Hanly. Of particular interest to collectors will be a suite of Theo Schoon photographs, including iconic images of thermal pools and ancient rock drawings, as well as a complete set of Glenn Busch’s Five Photographs portfolio, several works published in Les Cleveland’s iconic The Silent Land and a set of Eric Lee-Johnson photographs that have not previously been seen at auction.
We are pleased to offer a substantial section of historical photographs in this catalogue, including works by George Valentine and the Burton Brothers studio, and, for the first time, a selection of nineteenth-century carte de visite images. These items are sure to be of interest to both connoisseurs and new collectors interested in exploring this fascinating period of New Zealand’s photographic history.
As is the case with all Bowerbank Ninow catalogues, the Auction N˚8 catalogue includes an essay section containing a range of critical and historical viewpoints on the works at auction. Lucinda Bennet provides a fascinating response to the work of 1980s postmodernist photographer Minerva Betts, while Julia Lomas’ essay on Ronnie Van Hout’s photography considers his work’s relationship to film, popular culture and politics. Photographic scholar and founder of PhotoForum John B. Turner provides a personal account of the work of his colleague John Fields, while Tim Veling’s interview with Glenn Busch gives a unique insight into Busch’s life and practice. An essay on Schoon’s modernist mud pool photographs by Andrew Paul Wood provides valuable historical context for these seminal works, while essays on Les Cleveland and the Burton Brothers by Andrew Clark round out the section.
This auction will be of interest to existing collectors and lovers of fine art photography, and is also an excellent starting point for anyone interested in beginning a new collection. As well as the soft-bound print edition, the catalogue is also available digitally on the Bowerbank Ninow website at http://bowerbankninow.com/auctions/auction-no8/.
The work will be on display from Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 27th of March, during normal opening hours (10am - 5pm), following the opening on the evening of the 21st of March. Works are also available to view until 1pm on the day of the auction, which will be held on Wednesday the 28th of March at 6:30 p.m.