DCFA Exhibition: Jimmy Desana, Portraits, 1977 – 79

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Join iGavel Associate Seller Daniel Cooney Fine Art as they debut their new show, JIMMY DESANA, Portraits, 1977 – 79. The show will be open to the public from May 29 – August 2, 2014.

Daniel Cooney Fine Art
508 W 26th St #9C
New York, NY 10001
11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Daniel Cooney Fine Art is extremely proud to announce Jimmy DeSana, Portraits 1977 – 79, a collection of vintage photographs previously exhibited in 1980 at the Stefanotti Gallery in New York. This group of iconic photographs has been kept intact by Robert Stefanotti for 34 years and has not been seen in public. The collection of 14 photographic panels (49 individual photographs in total) will be exhibited as they were in 1980, with mats hand-cut and signed by DeSana.

The 1980 exhibition was a follow up to DeSana’s successful debut at Stefanotti Gallery the previous year. The artist decided to show his portraits of New York art and music personalities of the time, mixing his downtown scene with Stefanotti’s uptown scene. The portraits reveal the eclectic energy in New York society and the different lifestyles of two men who were lifelong friends and collaborators.

The photographs document a fleeting time in New York City’s history that was electric with creativity and youthful exuberance, just a moment before the AIDS epidemic. In the photographs we see DeSana’s creative mind at work and we are able to revisit the artists, musicians, writers and patrons that formed DeSana’s creative community. Included in the mix of subjects are Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, Jack Smith, William Burroughs, Ethel Scull and Patti Astor among other luminaries.

Jimmy DeSana was born in 1949 in Detroit. He moved to New York City in 1973 and played a vital role in photography’s move to the forefront of the 1980’s art scene. He was also a key figure in the East Village Punk and No Wave communities. In addition to exhibiting at Stefanotti Gallery he showed his work at Pat Hearn Gallery in the late 80’s and posthoumously at Salon 94 in 2013. DeSana published 101 Nudes in 1972 and Submission in 1980. DeSana died of AIDS in New York City in 1990. Stefanotti officiated his memorial service.

Please contact Daniel Cooney Fine Art for more information at 212 255 8158 or dan@danielcooneyfineart.com.


Sale Highlights | Photographs

iGavel Auctions is pleased to announce Daniel Cooney Fine Art’s latest Photographs auction. The auction includes photographs from the collections and estates of many prestigious private holdings, including the Estate of Dody Weston Thompson. The auction is now live through June 13 and all the photographs in the auction are available for viewing at Daniel Cooney Fine Art. Please contact at 212-255-8158 or dan@danielcooneyfineart.com for more information. Below are some of the highlights from the sale:



The sale includes a photograph by Canadian-born American photographer Robert Polidori. Polidori (1951-) started his fine-art photographer career in the early 80s and won the World Press Award in 1998 and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography in 1999 and 2000. The photograph is dubbed “Senora Faxas Bedroom Number 1” and it’s from Polidori’s Havana series from 1997. It is estimated at $7,000 – 10,000 and available for bidding now. Click here to bid





Featuring in the sale is a photograph of Dr. Lothar Kalinowsky by the famous fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004). A New York native, Avedon started his career as a photographer for the Merchant Marines in 1942. Later, he was discovered by Alexey Brodovitch, the art director for the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar, where he started doing fashion photography. This photograph is estimated at $4,000 – 6,000 and available for bidding now. Click here to bid





Another highlight from the sale is from a photographer that was featured in many previous Daniel Cooney’s auctions, Edward Weston. The vintage 1937 photograph depicts Eel River Ranch in California at a time before industrialization. On the reverse, there are annotations by Dody Weston Thompson concerning a project with E. Power Biggs. This photograph is estimated at $3,000 – 4,000 and available for bidding now. Click here to bid

Sale Highlights: Photographs by Daniel Cooney Fine Art

Daniel Cooney Fine Art and iGavel Auctions are very pleased to announce our new Online Auction of Photographs. The sale features photographs from the collections and estates of many prestigious private holdings such as the Estate of Dody Weston Thompson, and includes works by by A. Aubrey Bodine, Gregory Crewdson, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplehtorpe, Edward Weston, and Dody Weston Thompson among many others.



Highlights include a vintage photograph dated 1926 by George Seeley. Seeley was a painter until he met Fred Holland Day who introduced him into photography. Seeley’s photography mostly consisted of landscapes. This photo is a great example of his work depicting a lake. This vintage photo is now available for bidding and estimated at $2,500-3,000. Click here to bid






Another highlight from the sale is a series of three portraits by Robert Mapplethorpe. His subject matter included large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and nude men. These photographs are now available for bidding and estimated at $5,000-8,000. Click here to bid





An another renowned photographer, Gregory Crewdson’s work is also featured in the sale. The lot consists of six signed photographs of the artist’s subject, staged surreal suburban life scenes. These photographs are estimated at $10,000 – 15,000 and available for bidding now. Click here to bid

Sale Highlights: Photographs from the Archive of Dody Weston Thompson and Other Collections

For their currently ongoing fall auction, Daniel Cooney Fine Art presents an impressive archive from Dody Weston Thompson. The sale consists of images by Manual Alvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Clarence John Laughlin, Donald Ross, Brett Weston, Edward Weston, and Dody Weston Thompson herself. Lots are available for bidding through November 9th.

The photographs in lots 1 – 59 come from the collection of Dody Weston Thompson. Thompson’s engagement with West Coast photography began in 1946 when she introduced herself to Edward Weston after seeing an exhibition of his work in San Francisco. Soon after, Weston took her on as his assistant and taught her the technical basics of photography. She became an increasingly important presence in the Weston household, and in 1948 she moved from San Francisco to a building on Weston’s property at Wildcat Hill. As she honed her own abilities as a photographer, she assisted Weston in the darkroom and spotted his photographs. Her skills were such that Ansel Adams hired her as an assistant for a photographic trip to Yosemite in 1948. Dody was instrumental in the production of Weston’s Fiftieth Anniversary portfolio, and was also involved in the printing of the Project Prints.

In 1952, Dody married Edward Weston’s son, Brett with whom she traveled and photographed extensively before their divorce in 1956. She accompanied Brett to White Sands, NM, where they photographed and Brett produced the images ultimately published in his White Sands portfolio. Through Adams’s auspices, both Dody and Brett were sponsored by the Polaroid Corporation’s Artist Support Program. In 1953 Dody won the Alfred M. Bender Award for her photographic work. Her photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Chicago Institute of Design, the George Eastman House, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many other venues.

Born Dora Harrison in Louisiana in 1923, Dody, as she was nicknamed, was first introduced to photography by Clarence John Laughlin. As a teenager, Dody served as both model and equipment mule for Laughlin, a friend of Dody’s mother. Interested in literature and acting, she enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans, then transferred to the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina. An early marriage in the last years of World War II led to a move to San Francisco, where she worked as a writer and researcher for the West Coast Office of War Information, and also as a riveter at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, CA. It was in San Francisco that she first became aware of photography’s potential as a creative tool.

Edward Weston came to appreciate Dody’s skills as a writer, and asked her to write the preface to his book of photographs, My Camera on Point Lobos (1950). Dody was a founder, along with Adams, Minor White, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, and others, of the groundbreaking photographic journal, Aperture. Her biographical sketch of Edward Weston is collected in Edward Weston Omnibus (Salt Lake City, 1984), and offers a heartfelt but clear-eyed portrait of the photographer.

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Sotheby’s Photographs Department, New York

This print is estimated at $2,000 – $3,000.

 Another highlight from the sale is this print for an ad, photographed by Margaret Bourke-White for R. Birdsall & Ward Bolt & Nut Company. Bourke-White is a widely recognized American photographer whose works were featured in many publications including the cover of the first issue of Henry Luce’s LIFE magazine. This print, bearing the LIFE stamp on its back, could be seen on the homepage of LIFE Gallery of Photography website. It is estimated at $1,500 – $2,500.

The sale also includes a print by Wynn Bullock depicting a man fishing on a beach. The talented photographer was born in Chicago and mainly took photography as a past time hobby. It wasn’t until 1948 (he was 46), when he met Edward Weston whom inspired Bullock into creative photography and made him pursue into the career. It is a great example of black and white photography at its peak years and it is estimated at $1,000 – $2,000.