You can now own an Annie Leibovitz picture for under S$1,500, while contributing to charity.
The renowned American photographer has created “Upstate”, a print series of nine images from her time in self-isolation at her home in upstate New York, where she has been living during the quarantine period. The prints are in a limited run of 100 pieces, and are currently available here for US$1,000 (S$1,392) each.
“Upstate” is offered under the umbrella of Hauser & Wirth’s new global philanthropic and charitable initiative #artforbetter, with all proceeds of the sales being split equally between Black Lives Matter, the Equal Justice Initiative and COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.
The price of this composite grid of photographs is far from the prices achieved at auction by the artist’s signature celebrity portraits. Five of her pictures went under the hammer in April during Sotheby’s “Photographs” sale, with a portrait of Liberace and Scott Thorson surpassing its high pre-sale estimate of US$7,000 (S$9,750) to fetch US$15,000 (S$20,900).
Leibovitz’s lockdown photographs are also now on display at the Annie Leibovitz: Still Life online exhibition on Hauser & Wirth’s website. The presentation documents how the coronavirus pandemic has forced Leibovitz to depart from the portraiture-based work she is known for and to embrace photojournalism.
It combines images from a project completed by the artist before the onset of the global health crisis alongside her suite of recent photographs made during the lockdown. The earliest photographs explore places inhabited by people from the past who were meaningful to Leibovitz, such as Emily Dickinson, Georgia O’Keeffe and Virginia Woolf.
“It wasn’t an assignment. It was very personal. I traveled alone to places that interested me. There were no people in the pictures. I photographed houses and landscapes and objects that belonged to people who were no longer there,” said Leibovitz in a statement.
(Main and featured photos: Hauser & Wirth/ Annie Leibovitz)