Man Ray, Rayograph, 1928. Photo: Christie’s.

NY MoMA to Sell More Than Four Hundred Photographs to Support Its Acquisition Fund

The Museum of Modern Art in New York will sell more than four hundred photographs in a series of auctions over the course of this year beginning with four works that will be on the block at Christie’s New York’s photographs day sale on October 10. The monies raised will support the acquisition fund of the institution’s photography department.

The works offered include iconic photographs by many of the most well-known names from the early twentieth century to the postwar period, including Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans. A spokesperson from the museum told Artnews that the majority of works being deaccessioned are duplicates.

Darius Himes, the auction house’s international head of photographs, said, “In 1940, the museum became the first in the country to form a department of photography. Many of the artists represented in this series of live and online auctions will be deeply familiar to any student of photography, and are beloved on an international scale. These auctions represent a unique opportunity to support the museum and own a piece of photographic history.”