The Museum of Modern Art’s photography department—the oldest of its kind in the US—plans to sell more than 400 works from its collection at Christie’s over the next nine months. The cache is expected to realize more than $3.6 million, and the proceeds will go toward the department’s acquisition fund.
The photographs are by some of the best-known names from the early 20th century to the postwar period, such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans.
Christie’s international head of photographs, Darius Himes, told artnet News that the sale is the result of a longtime review and refinement of the museum’s photo collection. “A lot of photographers whose works are being sold, the museum has in depth,” he says. Others may be duplicates or were deemed not central to a particular body of work. read more