Barock Brasilien (2005)
CANDIDA HÖFER (1944-)
The complete set of three Lambda prints in colours; all three signed and numbered
Newly-framed in polished aluminium as pictured
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The complete set of three Lambda prints in colours, on photo paper flush-mounted to aluminium; All three signed and numbered III/XII in black ink on a label affixed to the reverse (one of 12 artist’s proof sets aside from the edition of 40), published by Edition Schellmann, Munich and New York
This triptych of baroque cathedral interiors by German photographer Candida Höfer is a classic example of her fascination with public and cultural spaces. As with her other photographs of similar spaces, there are no people in the image, allowing the viewer to contemplate the intricacies of the architecture.
Höfer’s work is known for technical perfection. She has a special interest in documenting the design and grandeur of public spaces like library reading rooms, palaces, zoos, and theatres. Her images are nearly always devoid of people. In the style of her teachers, photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher (who also taught Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth), she takes exquisitely framed photographs which capture the symmetry, design, and elegance of these man-made spaces. This symmetry is repeated and amplified as her series explore the same types of spaces over and over. Sometimes the effect is objective and distant, sometimes there is a palpable wonder at the vastness of human knowledge (particularly in her images of libraries), and sometimes the elegance and the high design of the spaces produce a certain gloom and spiritual emptiness, as demonstrated in her beautiful and quietly mournful series Zoologischer Gärten in which the zoo animals appear as props trapped in an empty human world.
Höfer is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Photography award, as part of the Sony World Photography awards. Her work is held in the all major permanent public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Tate, London, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, the International Centre for Photography, New York, the Jewish Museum New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hamburger Banhof, Berlin, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art among others.