Hauser & Wirth Announces Representation of August Sander

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Hauser & Wirth Announces Representation of August Sander

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce its worldwide representation of the Estate of August Sander in collaboration with the artist’s great grandson Julian Sander of Galerie Julian Sander, Cologne.

Hauser & Wirth Announces Representation of August Sander

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce its worldwide representation of the Estate of August Sander in collaboration with the artist’s great grandson Julian Sander of Galerie Julian Sander, Cologne.  August Sander’s encyclopedic magnum opus, ‘People of the 20th Century,’ constitutes one of the most monumental endeavors in photographic history. Over the course of a career spanning six decades and tens of thousands of negatives, Sander created a nuanced sociological portrait of Germany comprising images of its populace, as well as its urban settings and dramatic landscapes. Working in a conceptually rigorous fashion, he pioneered a precise, unembellished photographic aesthetic that was formative to the establishment of the medium’s independence from painting and presaged conceptual art. Sander’s oeuvre has served as a wellspring of inspiration for modern and contemporary photographers, from Walker Evans and Diane Arbus, to Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, and Bernd and Hilla Becher, and has exerted a profound influence upon new generations of visual artists across mediums.

A significant selection of photographs from Sanders’ portfolio ‘People Who Came to My Door’ forms the heart of the gallery’s group exhibition ‘Serialities,’ on view in New York from 18 February through 8 April 2017.

‘We are honored and delighted to join Julian Sander in assuming the mantle as guardians of August Sander’s illustrious legacy,’ remarked Iwan Wirth, Co-Founder and Co-President, Hauser & Wirth. ‘A decade ago, when our gallery presented the exhibition ‘Someone Else With My Fingerprints,’ it became crystal clear that Sander was not only a giant of the photographic medium, but one of the most revolutionary artists of the 20th century. His visionary approach to documenting people and places challenged accepted notions of what we are and how we live. He broadened perception. And his contributions continue to shape the way artists – including many represented by our own gallery – seek to interpret our world today.’

August Sander was born in Herdorf, a mining town east of Cologne, in 1876. While working at a local slagheap he serendipitously encountered a visiting landscape photographer. ‘My rst camera was for me the same magic box that it is for anybody coming to one for the rst time,’ Sander said. He purchased photographic equipment with nancial aid from his uncle. During his subsequent military service and in the years that followed, Sander served as an itinerant photographer’s assistant. In 1910, after working his way to being the sole proprietor of a photo studio in Linz, Sander moved to Cologne and opened a studio at 201 Dürener Strasse, where the majority of his portraits would be taken.

August Sander, Coellen aus Rand und Band em Jahr 1929 (Cologne Goes Wild in the Year 1929) 1929. Private collection. © SK Stiftung Kultur, Bonn/All Rights Reserved DACS 2013

Sander has been honored with major solo exhibitions and inclusion in important group shows and public collections. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘August Sander: Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts, People of the 20th Century’ at the 30th São Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2012; ‘Artists Rooms: August Sander’, Tate Modern, London, England, 2010; ‘August Sander: People of the Twentieth Century’, The Getty Center, Los Angeles CA, 2008, and ‘August Sander: People of the Twentieth Century’ which traveled from the Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany, 2001, to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA, 2002 – 2003, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY, 2004. 

Image on top: August Sander, The Architect Hans Heinz Luttgen and his Wife Dora 1926, printed 1990. Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper, unconfirmed, frame: 490 x 390 x 30 mm. ARTIST ROOMS, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010. 

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