Artist: Joel-Peter Witkin (America, b.1939).
Title: "Woman on the Moon".
Medium: Original vintage photogravure.
Date: Composed 1982. Printed 1985.
Dimensions: Overall size: 10 3/4 x 10 15/16 in. (273 x 278 mm).
Lot Note(s): Stamped with the photographer's name, verso. Edition unknown, presumed small. High-grade archival paper. Printed to the edge of the sheet. Fine, quality printing. Very good to fine condition; affixed to very thin and supple archival acid-free support sheet, not mount/board. Comment(s): According to “Gordon’s Photography Prices” the auction record for a silver print of this image is $22,500 realized at Christie's, New York, 4/15/2010, lot #389. Witkin’s controversial and carefully constructed photographs frequently depict macabre, often grotesque scenes, with images including torture, cadavers, hermaphrodites, dwarfs, etc. His works can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. N.B. This image is alternately titled “Woman Masturbating on the Moon.” Image copyright © Joel-Peter Witkin. [29676-2-600]