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Pavel Baňka

Lot 73

Knife, 2015

ESTIMATE: $2,000

Digital Archival Pigment, HP Matte, Edition 4/35 + 5 Artist Proofs, 25 ½ x 21 ½ inches, signed in pencil on front

Courtesy of the artist


Pavel Baňka was born in 1941 in Prague, where he currently lives and works. He is an internationally known Czech artist who has had numerous solo exhibitions in museums, galleries, and art spaces throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, including a major career retrospective at the prestigious Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague in 2001. His work is represented in renowned photography collections throughout the world, including those of the International Center for Photography, New York; Musée de L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; and Bibliothéque national de France, Paris. He has founded several galleries in Prague as well as the well-known photography magazine Fotograf and has organized artist/curator conferences in Prague. In addition to his early Symbolist work with female figures, Banka has done a well-known series of Minimalist landscapes and architectural spaces. He recently discovered a series of original 4 x 5 inch negatives which has been lost since 1997. They were part of his experiments called “Paintings by Light”, where his model Lotta was in total darkness and then was slowly lit by a narrow beam of light. The image “Lotta Dressed in Drapery” is the first of the newly found lost images.

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