Cairo, Diptychon. 1992. two Color photographs. Each signed, dated and titled on verso of the original artist frame. One also numbered. From an edition of 4 copies. Each on firm wove paper. 89 x 112 cm (35 x 44 in). Sheet: 117,5 x 140,5 cm (46,3 x 55,3 in). Each in original artist frame with the dimensions 121 x 144 cm (47,6 x 56,7 in). [CH]. • Appealing bird's eye view combining micro- and macro photography. • From an edition of only four copies. • Along with "Theben, West" (Tate Modern, London/Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam) and other works, the photographs were made on Gursky's journey through Egypt in 1992/93. • One of the world's most successful contemporary photographers and probably the most famous repesentative of the Düsseldorf Photo School under Bernd Becher.
PROVENANCE: Achenbach Kunsthandel, Düsseldorf. Corporate collection Thomas Cook Touristik GmbH (acquired from aforementioned in 1994).
EXHIBITION: Each different copy: Andreas Gursky. Fotografien 1984-1993, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, February 4 - April 10, 1994, pp. 106 f. (with illu.). Andreas Gursky. Images, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, July 1 - August 28, 1995, pp. 52 f. (with illu.). Andreas Gursky. Fotografien 1984 bis heute, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, August 29 - October 18, 1998, pp. 42 f. (with illu.). Andreas Gursky, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 4 - May 15, 2001, cat. no. 18 (with illu., pp. 90 f.).
LITERATURE: Robin Muir, Photography. The Bigger Picture, The Independent, London, October 10, 1998. Jean-Max Colard, Andreas Gursky. Macroscopie, Beaux Arts Magazine, no. 201, February 2001, pp. 52-57 (with illu.). Michael Rustin, Andreas Gursky. Global Photographer, in: Dissent Magazine, summer 2001, p. 98. Claus Ginti, Digital Image Systems. Photography and New Technologies at the Düsseldorf School, Bielefeld 2020, p. 186 (with illu., no. 74). "Although photography is different from painting, it can be very painterly." Andreas Gursky in a conversation with Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Kunstforum, vol. 145, 1999, pp. 248-265.