Place St. Michel (Blue), 1985. Unsigned, identified on a label from Stux Gallery, New York, affixed to the backing. Toned gelatin silver prints and tape, sheet size 46 x 36 1/2 in. (116.8 x 92.7 cm), framed. Condition: Per the artists' process, prints are purposefully distressed, including creases, scattered losses, pinholes in the corners, and tape affixed to the sheets, floated in the frame, not examined out of frame.
Provenance: Collection of Maria Lopez and Stephen Mindich, Massachusetts.
N.B. Doug and Mike Starn are identical twins whose unique style infuses iconic images with new depth and meaning; once straightforward photographs become suddenly personal through their "handmade" manipulation as they confront the viewer with their notions of intimacy, aging, and mortality. The Starns tear, crease, crop and otherwise "damage" in the traditional sense of the word. They also expose the paper to chemicals to create variations in tones and clarity. Born in New Jersey, the Starns studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Estimate $1,500-2,500
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