Sprüth takes on Bernd and Hilla Becher
Sprüth Magers now represents the Düsseldorf School photographers
By Melanie Gerlis. From Art Basel daily edition
Published online: 11 June 2013
Sprüth Magers (2.0/B19) now represents the Düsseldorf School photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher, and the gallery is selling its first work by the couple at this year’s Art Basel (Cooling Towers, 2013, a group of nine black-and-white photographs, priced at €90,000). Bernd Becher, who died in 2007, was a professor of photography at Düsseldorf’s Kunstakademie for 20 years, teaching—among others—Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth. Since his death, his widow has continued to reassemble their works, mostly using existing photographs (as in Cooling Towers), although still “shooting a new subject once in a while”, says Monika Sprüth, the gallery’s co-founder. The Bechers are also represented by Konrad Fischer from Germany (2.0/B6) and New York’s Sonnabend Gallery.
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