February 21, 2016

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Lot 334: Frederick Sommer

Lot 334: Frederick Sommer

The Thief Greater Than His Loot

c. 1950; this example printed 1955
Gelatin silver print
Signed and inscribed in graphite "The Thief Greater Than His Loot/about 1950/Frederick Sommer" verso; Retains Manny Silverman Gallery label verso
Image: 9.5" x 7.625"; Sheet: 9.875" x 8"; Frame: 18.75" x 14.75"
Provenance: Gerald Nordland, Chicago, Illinois (acquired directly from the artist)
Literature: Frederick Sommer. G. Nordland. 1968. N.pag.
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $10,000
Inventory Id: 21334

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An author, curator, essayist, educator, and museum director, Gerald Nordland (born 1927) has enjoyed a remarkably rich and distinguished life in the arts. He served as head of the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a dean of the Chouinard Art Institute in the early 1960s, he helped organize the school's transition into a wing of the nascent California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Nordland's vast literary output includes seminal monographs on Richard Diebenkorn and the sculptures of Gaston Lachaise. He was the friend and acquaintance of many of the greats of 20th century art including Man Ray, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and Frederick Sommer. Nordland is a true connoisseur.

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