London – April 15 – Major works from realms of contemporary art and fashion as well as important master photographs will be offered at the forthcoming Phillips de Pury & Company Photographs sale to be held at the company’s London galleries on May 16 at 3 pm.
Florian Maier-Aichen’s Untitled (Capsized Ship), 2002 is an early example by this critically-acclaimed and sought-after German photographer who has in the past five years made a lasting imprint on contemporary imagery. Florian Maier-Aichen’s grand scale landscapes expertly manipulate, through multiple negatives and computer manipulation, the camera’s view of both natural and man-made, industrial phenomena with stunning painterly and often unnerving effect. Furthering the course of the contemporary heroic landscape tradition ignited by German Bernd and Hilla Becher and more recently by Andreas Gursky, these powerful photographs render scenes of superlatives: more vibrant and more polished than either reality can present or the imagination could conjure. In this work, the artist’s preoccupation with making the familiar strange through color, light and composition is manifest. The vantage point of a capsized cargo ship renders the ship suspended in an expanse of vivid blue, its containers perfect punctuations of yellow and red, strewn across the sea with precise placement. Phillips de Pury & Company has recently offered photographs by Florian Maier-Aichen which have achieved excellent results, the most recent being sold well above it’s high estimate in the London Contemporary Art Evening Sale. Florian Maier-Aichen’s Untitled (Capsized Ship) is an image made early in the career and was exhibited at The Whitney Biennale in 2006. It will be offered with a pre-sale estimate between £25,000-35,000.